Sabahi (Washington, DC)

10 January 2013

Somalia: One Dead, Seven Wounded in Somaliland Election Protests

One person died and seven others were injured Wednesday (January 9th) during violent confrontations in Somaliland's Seyla district between security forces and protestors disputing the results of local mayoral elections.

The violence started after morning prayers when the military tried to disperse hundreds of people who had spent the night gathered at the local government headquarters to protest the transition ceremony, according to former Seyla administrator Mohamed Buul.

One person was killed and seven wounded when police opened fire, Buul said. Four people who were critically injured have been taken to Djibouti for treatment, he said.

The public was protesting the results of elections held January 1st in which the new Seyla municipal council elected Mayor Hussein Eidle Barkhadle and his deputy Saad Dahir Egeh.

"That election was not legal because the session was missing seven members of the new Seyla municipal council, which has 17 members," he said.

On December 30th, one person was killed in Borama in clashes between protesters and guards of Somaliland regional Vice President Abdirahman Abdullahi Saylii. Protestors threw stones at Saylii's motorcade, accusing the Somaliland administration of interfering with the results of the Seyla mayoral election.

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