10 August 2014

Somalia: Somaliland Opposition Parties Call for Transitional Govt By the End of the Year

Hargeisa — Justice and Welfare party (UCID), Wadani and forum for Consultation and Rectification on Sunday agreed on the need for transitional government by the end of the year, citing President Siilaanyo's reluctance, Garowe Online reports.

During a joint press conference at Hotel Ambassador in Somaliland capital of Hargeisa, Faisal Ali Warabe, UCID party chairman, Abdirahman Mohamed Abdillahi Irro presidential candidate and Wadani chairman and Forum for Consultation and Rectification chief Hassan Gurre announced the plan, saying the ruling party is unlikely to hold credible parliamentary and presidential elections on time.

"Given the improving security situation, we hereby declare that Somaliland is an environment conducive for parliamentary and presidential elections by June 26, 2015," opposition said in a press statement. "In accordance with memorandum of understanding signed by the ruling party, UCID, Wadani and electoral commission, the much-needed step is the registration of voters".

Meanwhile, Consultation and Rectification Forum spokesman Ibrahim Dhegaweyne noted that Electoral Commission of Somaliland (ECS) matters most by now, calling on the government to timely join political associations: "The mandate of the current elections commission will expire on October 29, therefore for political actors to ensure the credibility and neutrality of new committee members the government in regard to the prior consent of stakeholders should work on the body's nomination in August and September".

"On December 31, 2014 if we realize that elections will not be held on proper date, we will install interim government," the opposition parties concluded in press statement.

Somaliland, located in northwestern Somalia declared its independence from the rest of the country as de facto sovereign state in 1991 but it has not been recognized internationally yet.

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