“Partners raised concerns over the lack of dialogue between key political stakeholders,”The statement
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Hargeisa (ANN)-The partners international in the process of democracy and the Somaliland elections spoke about the conflict in Somaliland and the dispute that has been going on for more than two years on the issues of the elections.
The friends of Somaliland had a meeting with the President of the Republic of Somaliland, Muse Bihi Abdi, after which they issued a press release on Tuesday about their position on the controversial issues facing the government of President Bihi, and the two opposition parties, WADANI and UCID.
A press release from the international friends of the Republic of Somaliland has revealed that President Muse Bihi Abdi has promised to organize elections in line with the action plan set by the National Electoral Commission.
“Partners notes the President’s commitment to organist both elections in line with technical timelines established by the NEC,” the statement said.
‘Both’ meaning presidential and political associations – of which the latter happening opposition parties are definitely allergic to.
President Bihi, according to the statement, also conveyed to partners that he was equally committed to engage opposition political parties in dialogue.
The partners, in the discussion they had with the President today, expressed concern that they believe is central to the dialogue between the important stakeholders in the electoral process.
Envoys and ambassadors form Belgium, Canada, the European Delegation, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the United States, said the statement, raised unsettled issues pertinent to upcoming elections with President Bihi.
“Partners raised concerns over the lack of dialogue between key political stakeholders, stressing the need to secure political consensus on the electoral roadmap,” the statement disclosed.
Not only that, but, also, according to the statement, ‘the importance of freedom of expression and non-violent policing’.
The presidential election of Somaliland, which was previously scheduled for November 13, 2022, has been delayed, as the senate has extended the term of the presidential government to two years, and the senate council has extended the term of their stay as a council.
The opposition has announced many times that they do not accept the extension of the government’s term and the extension of the senate’s term, and the extension coincided with the time when the National Electoral Commission said that they needed a period of nine months to complete the remainder of the presidential election plan.
The other issue that has intensified the conflict is the opening of the Political Associations The political associations, about which the government of President Bihi has said many times that it is approaching the presidential election, include the three old parties and the new organizations that are joining the Organizations are among them. Enter the competition together. After that, the three parties that will compete in the presidential election, as the government has repeatedly said, but this issue is always defended by the two opposition parties, WADDANI and UCID. They are arguing that by November 13, if a political solution is not reached before then, President Bihi will not be recognized as a legitimate president.
The political conflict has been tried many times to find a solution, different delegations have entered into mediation with the opposition parties of Wadani and UCID, and with President Bihi and his government, But efforts to mediate between the two sides have been repeated several times. which ended in failure, and further increased the number of people and groups pointing out that they were against the government’s policy.
Although they have played an undeniable they role in the delay, the two opposition parties themselves are threatening not to recognize the ruling government if a political solution is not reached before by November 13, 2022, which coincides with Sunday of this coming Week.
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By Arraale M Jama Freelance Journalist and Human Rights activist.
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