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Quarrels erupt over Somaliland election team


By ABDULKADIR KHALIF

Somalia appeared to pass the first hurdle in preparing for the next indirect elections after officials disagreed over the members of the electoral teams for the breakaway region of Somaliland.

The planned selection of the leaders of the State Indirect Election Implementation Team (Sieit), responsible for Somaliland, resulted in two parallel lists of officials.

The Sieit for Somaliland is made up of 11 members, like any other Sieit for the five federal member states, namely Puntland, Galmudug, Hirshabelle, South West and Jubbaland. According to the plan, he was supposed to elect his own chairman and deputy, as others have done, before teams were formed to prepare delegates for the vote scheduled for July 25.

Surveys in Mogadishu

With Somaliland having claimed independence from the rest of Somalia since 1993, though no country recognizes it, ballots for legislative representatives in the Senate and lower house are due to take place in Mogadishu under the leadership of officials who were to be chosen on Saturday. .

But a split emerged in the team’s ranks after seven of the 11 members met and elected Mr. Khadar Harir Hussein as president and Mr. Najib Hussein Samale deputy.

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The seven included four members appointed by Somali Deputy Prime Minister Mahdi Mohamed Guled, one of the top government officials from Somaliland, plus three members appointed by Prime Minister Mohamud Hussein Roble’s office.

The four absent were appointed to the Sieit by the president of the upper house of parliament Abdi Hashi Abdullahi. Nonetheless, Abdullahi’s four members met later on Saturday and elected their own chairman, Mr. Sulayman Aidid Osman, and Mr. Abdishakur Abib Hayir as deputy.

The task now is how to unite the two parties representing Somaliland in the federal elections.

According to an agreement reached on September 17, 2020 by the National Consultative Forum (FNC), a leadership roundtable composed of the Federal Government of Somalia (FGS) and the Five Federal Member States (FMS) as well as the Mayor of Mogadishu stipulated that the Deputies and Senators representing Somaliland are to be elected in the Somali capital Mogadishu.

‘selfish, provocative’

Somaliland, which has claimed independence from the rest of Somalia since 1991, insists this has nothing to do with the electoral processes taking place in Somalia and considers all individuals in Mogadishu from Somaliland to be provocative. selfish without a mandate to represent its regions and its authority.

Professor Abdi Ismail Samatar, an academic who teaches in the United States and South Africa, told media on Sunday that the issue of the smooth running of the election of parliamentarians from the Northwestern Regions (Somaliland) was not yet resolved, indicating some actions to be taken.

“The election of the inhabitants of the north-west (of Somaliland) is not over until a decision has been taken on the location of the elections and the (common) leadership of the Sieit,” said Prof Samatar. .


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