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Somalia: Puntland Vice President backs Somaliland elders’ request for additional parliamentary seats

MUQDISHO, Somalia- In a letter sent to the Somali National Leadership Forum (NLF) and international community, elders hailing from Somaliland community have requested Somali leaders for additional seats in the Upper House chamber of Federal Parliament, that consists with region’s power sharing  in respect to the union of northern and southern Somalia back in 1960, Garowe Online reports.

The letter which was obtained by Somali Media, shows the elders requesting about 15 to 18 seats to be allocated for Somaliland community in the Upper House election.

Close sources tell Somali Media, that Puntland Vice President Abdihakim Haji Omar and Puntland MPs among them MP Sadiq Gaarad, took a major role in convincing Somaliland elders to demand for additional seats.

Vice President and MPs hailing from contested regions Sool, Sanag and Ayn, are currently in a visit in the Somali capital of Mogadishu for the past 21 days, and reported they held meetings with Somaliland elders to negotiate with the Somali leaders for higher quota for their northern region in the upcoming Federal Parliament.

The letter was drafted following the conclusion of meetings between Puntland delegate led by Vice President with elders and politicians from Somaliland, added the sources.

On the other hand, Puntland President, Abdiwali Mohamed Ali “Gaas” who is attending the ongoing NLF conference in Mogadishu, is believed to have role in these decisions that could undermine state territorial sovereignty and contradicts with the constitution.

Source:Garowe Online

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One Response to Somalia: Puntland Vice President backs Somaliland elders’ request for additional parliamentary seats

  1. Cismaan Cawad says:


    The issues raging on with regard to Sool, Sanaag and Cayn and which have been unnecessarily turned into a major political controversy between the neighborly regions of Puntland and Somaliland, are quite trivial if addressed properly. Anyone with a common sense who closely scrutinizes the controversy surrounding these so-called “disputed areas” would realize at once that they are merely misconceptions, misnomer and misinformation which have all been highly politicized and blown out of all proportion.

    The greatest obstacle hindering Somalis is their complete and utter ignorance of the very basic concept of governance and the workings of a federal parliamentary democracy. Whereas it is true that there is a blatant injustice in the selection process of the representatives whereby some minority groups are hugely purposely disadvantaged, it is equally true to say that there is a huge lack of understanding of the simple fact out in the real world it is impossible to accord a seat in parliament to each and every ethnic group in the whole country down to the very least sub-clan. Governance and democracy do not and cannot function this way.

    I lay the blame at the door of the incumbent caretaker administration which has failed miserably to educate the masses on these basic issues over the four years of Mr Hassan Sheikh Mahmoud’s interim presidency. What an unnecessary chaos!

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