Published On: Sat, Jun 26th, 2010

Somaliland voters ignore terrorist threats and back democracy

HARGEISA (Somalilandpress) — There has been a strong turnout for the presidential election in Somaliland, in spite of threats by Islamist militants.

International monitors say people have formed queues at many polling stations of the self-proclaimed state.

The government closed the country’s borders amid fears that Islamists from neighbouring Somalia could try to disrupt the elections.

The Islamist group al-Shabaab had warned voters to stay at home.

Earlier this week, the group had issued an audio message, describing democratic elections as “the devil’s principles”.

Hope for recognition

The Somaliland government had asked voters to ignore the warning.

Somaliland broke away from Somalia in 1991 and is not recognised internationally as an independent state.

A policewoman stands in front of supporters of opposition Kulmiye  party during a rally in Hargeisa

Security had been beefed up ahead of today's vote

BBC analyst Martin Plaut says that the country is largely peaceful and has an effective administration – in sharp contrast to the rest of Somalia.

He says many people in Somaliland hope that if this election goes well, it will strengthen the case for independence.

Dozens of international observers are in the region to watch the vote.

Incumbent President Dahir Riyale Kahin faces two opponents: Ahmed Mohamed Silaanyo from the leading opposition party, Kulmiye, and the leader of the Justice and Welfare party, Faisal Ali Warabe.

The final result should be announced in about a week.

Source: BBC | Saturday, June 26, 2010
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  • Abdulfatah

    Dear Guys,

    They are not Islamists they are terrorists, if not why are they threatening to the muslim nations, why are they killing the people in the horn, who are they what islamic scholars are they? we dont know them we will ignore them for ever and we can't be threatened at the gun point, we are a nation and this nationhood did come by the blood of our youngesters this can't be taken easily we all are ready to dye for our nation Somaliland are not we? let them try to harm us we will strike back and already we know how to defeat our enemy.

    Best of luck to the our nation, the democratic nation of the horn called Somaliland republic.

  • guuleed

    saying it in a loud voice,,sending it with a clear message,, no one, no one,, no single human being can stop Somaliland.

  • somali-way-ogaden

    replying with a loud voice ,, sending it with a clear message, no one wants to see somaliland touched, not by somalis and not by muslims, keep an eye out and watch the lines on the ground, see how we will reshape them to bring forth the real somalia, somaliland will play a big part in it, no doubt the real challenge will be refusing bribes to tarnish that vision.

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