August 3, 2010 ·14 Comments
HARGEISA (Somaliland) — President Ahmed Mohamed Silaanyo held a closed-door meeting with members of Somaliland’s House of Representatives on Monday in Ambassador Hotel in the capital, SP reports.
The first meeting between the newly elected President and the members lower house of Parliament was closed to the local media and lasted several hours. President Ahmed Mohamed Silaanyo has had rough relations with some senior MPs due to their numerous term extensions for the former President Dahir Riyale Kahin.
Political analysts in Hargeisa hinted the President invited them for dinner to reconcile over their differences and to plea to them to support his administration. Mr Silaanyo, who understands the importance of Somaliland’s two champers of Parliament is trying to win the support of UDUB Party members who are the majority in the House of Representatives. He bring the names of his cabinet ministers and deputies in the coming week in front of the House. He will need the support of UDUB members to approve his newly created cabinet.
Political buzz surrounding relations between the president and the MPs indicate that majority of the members of the House are opposed to his cabinet and believe certain regions and clans are under represented.
Clan elders were surprised that the president did not include certain representatives from minority clans in his cabinet. In unprecedented move, the new president reduced the cabinet list by halving and did not present all the clans of Somaliland. Many clan leaders have protested in different part of the country.
In a interview with BBC, the Speaker of the House Representatives, Mr Abdulrahman Mohamed Abdullahi (Irro) said that meeting with the president was fruitful and warm and the president acknowledged the constitution role and responsibilities of the House. Mr Irro added that the Representatives pledged full cooperation with the new president.
The House of Representatives consists of 82 members, including the Speaker of the House, Abdirahman Mohamed Abdullahi. The members are are elected in six multi-member constituencies using the party-list proportional representation system for a five year term.
At the moment, the former ruling UDUB Party holds the majority with 33 seats, followed by Kulmiy Party, 28, and finaly UCID Party holds 21 seats including the Speaker.
(Reported by Abdiqani Baynah, additional editing by Mohamed Gulaid)
Somalilandpress | August 3rd, 2010
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