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Issue 394

Front Page

News Headlines

Weapons Supplied To Somalia Government By The US Are Sold In Mogadishu Markets

The Shortest Man In Somaliland Leaves For Norway

Somaliland Parliament Says Suspension Of Voter Registration Illegal

Tostan Holds Conference On Women’s Genital Mutilation

UN Agencies Launch Next Round Of Child Health Initiative In Somaliland

An Interview With Ambassador Marika Fahlen, Sweden’s Special Envoy For The Horn Of Africa

Somalia Tells All Visitors To Seek Government Approval

Somaliland Government Controlled Media Used To Incite Extremism

Local and Regional Affairs

A CALL FOR DIALOGUE: To Hold A Free, Fair And Peaceful Presidential Election

East Africa: Ethiopia Takes Part in First East African Independent Producers Forum

Somalia Mosque Victims Belonged To Southern Punjab

Kenyan Court Drops Charges, Clears Way For Canadian Woman To Return Home

Al Shabaab Reportedly Beheads 4 Christians, Rips Gold Teeth From Locals' Mouths

2 Somali Women, Children Die In Fire

3rd Man Pleads Guilty In Missing Somalis Case

Man Gets 23 Years In Killing Of Somali Restaurant Cook

Athens Police Attack Somali Protesters

Libyans Kill 20 Somali Prisoners

Somalia: The Trouble with Puntland

Somali Insurgents Reject Government’s Olive Branch

Amnesty International Calls For Accountability And Safeguards On Arms Transfers To Somalia’s TFG

Eastern Africa Standby Force To Be Ready Next Year

Somali Islamists Pull Teeth From "Sinners": Residents

Communiqué: Conference With Former Senior Somali Military And Police Officers

Clinton And South African Discuss Somalia

Tribute To Ali Marshal


Western Countries Encourage Piracy By Paying Ransom

Features & Commentary

Somalia: The Center Cannot Hold

Incredible Journey of Somali Human Right Activist Waris Dirie – The Movie

Escape From Somaliland

Without Free Movement, East Africa Will Keep Marking Time

Clinton's Africa Trip Highlights Importance US Attaches To The Continent

What Was Siyad Barre's Relation To A Fundamentalist Christian Group?

Legal Brief On The Suspension Of The Voter Registration List

Mandela – Poem

AT THE MERCY OF SOMALI PIRATES: Hansa Stavanger Crew Describe Hostage Ordeal

Where Camels Once Trod, A Train Crosses Australia

Update: Independent Diplomat Responds

US Misguided In Moving To Arm Somalia, Say Analysts

President Isaias's Encounter With The Financial Times

Somalia: The Trouble With Puntland – Report

International News


Woman Who Tried To Kill Ford Released From Prison

A Short Guide To Tools For Citizen Journalists

Australian Camels Facing Slaughter

UN Human Rights Expert Sounds Alarm On Draft Media Laws In Venezuela

Poll Shows Afghan Vote Headed For Second Round

Bristol's World Cup Bid Brings Communities Together . . . On The Football Field


A Crucial Week For Somaliland: A Time For Action

Building Bridges For Somaliland University Student Outside And Inside The Country

Why I Fear For Somalia

Africa’s Best-Kept Secret “Somaliland” Is In Need For A Change!

Lost Faith In The System

Somalilanders Around The Globe: Vote For Change

Where There Is No Donor

Al-Shabaab: “The” Number One Enemy Of Islam And Somali People

President Riyale And The Election Commission Are The Reason Of The Election’s Bone Of Contention

President Riyale And The Election Commission Are The Reason Of The Election’s Bone Of Contention

By Mukhtar Mohamed Abby

The masses of Somaliland, the International community and the donors are once again on the tenterhooks whether the Presidential Election for which is scheduled for September 27 would materialize as planned, on the account of the uncertainty surrounding the take place of the polls.

The world community and the donors have been gobsmacked when the Electoral list on which great amounts of bucks had been spent was discarded, and declared null and void by the National Election Commission of Somaliland without giving any kind of valid reason, and the President’s concurrence with that of the Election Commission.

Also what dumbfounded by the people of Somaliland living in and outside of country was the charges leveled against the Interpeace – the lone organization working with the Electoral Commission on the Electronic voter registration. And the Commission’s move that declared the organization persona non grata – a move that came in for angry reactions from the various quarters of the society, and stern criticism from the opposition parties as well as the International community.

The political parties had given a joint press conference in the aftermath of the voter list was discarded and the President’s subsequent endorsement of the Commission’s stance on the Electoral list. However, the high command of the two political parties namely the UCID Supremo and the Presidential aspirant Mr. Fayal Ali Warabe, and the first vice-chairperson and the acting chairman of Kulmiye Mr. Muse Bihi Abdi gave voice to at the news conference at which they severely slammed the Election Commission’s move for which they discarded the voter list and the Riyale’s deliberate attempt to sabotage and disrupt the Somaliland’s democratization process. The two leaders have described the Commission’s move as an unfortunate and act of high treason which could land them into custody if they do not immediately renounce their outlandish decision for which they completely nullified the Electoral list. The high command of the two parties – Kulmiye and UCID had unanimously boycotted the forthcoming Presidential polls. And they stated that they cannot repose trust in the Nation Electoral Commission of Somaliland since they are unbiased and sided with the ruling party – UDUB. Finally, the two leaders appealed to the International community to step in the political turmoil prevailing in Somaliland to exert a tremendous pressure on the President and the Electoral Commission, who are the reason of the Election’s bone of contention in order to abdicate their decision for which they abrogated the voter list.

Most recently the British –American authorities described the nullification of the Electoral list as unacceptable and directly asked for the President of Somaliland to demit his verdict and eschew any incident that could be a trigger for a bone of contention and the same time to ensure that the Presidential contests take place as intended.

According to the political commentators of Somaliland this move for which the Election Commission revoked the Electoral list is a delaying tactics which the President wants to remain in power for a period of time – a move that could ostensibly jeopardize the nascent democracy existing in the country.

However, if President Riyale continues to defy to the calls of the opposition parties ant that of the different quarters of the society, then the only way out of this Electoral crisis is, that the people of Somaliland take to the streets across Somaliland in protest against the invalidation of the voter list, which is for purely delaying tactics which the President wants to stay at the helm.

Inclusion, I strongly urge my fellow Somalilanders not to yield to the President’s Mugabwism ideology; and that "People Power" should prevail and show to the world how we are disapproved of the President’s delaying tactics. We, the people of Somaliland must refute the term “Hostages To Peace” in which the HUMANRIGHTS WATCH entitled its most recent report on Somaliland.


Karnataka State, India



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