June 22, 2010 ·16 Comments
AINABA (Somalilandpress) — Vice-President Ahmed Yusuf Yassin and a high ministerial delegation have traveled to the disputed southern town of Las Anod on Monday to persuade potential voters in the Sool region.
Mr Yassin and senior ministers including the Foreign Affairs minister, minister of Defense, minister of Commerce and Industry arrived in the Sool provincial capital early Monday morning by road as the ruling UDUB party concluded it’s nationwide poll campaigns.
The delegation was warmly received by UDUB local branch leaders and large crowd of UDUB supporters. They were taken to one of the local hotels where Mr Yassin addressed his supporters. He called on the people of Sool to re-elect the ruling party and promised changes and reform in the region.
Mr Yassin was in the near by town of Ainaba on Sunday where he took part in a ribbon-cutting ceremony held for the inauguration of a new central bank branch by Somaliland Central Bank. This is the second branch in the area after Las Anod branch was inaugurated in mid-2009.
There has been shift in Somaliland politics in the past two weeks as each candidate tries to win enough votes in swing states such as Sool where many predict it will be the battleground.
Most analyst believe Sool will be a key swing state as each party already has it’s strong holds. Even though many predict, only small percentage of Sool region will cast their vote – it is worth remembering in the last presidential election the difference between the winning party and the run-up was less than 90 voters.
Two weeks ago, the Chairman of second opposition party UCID, Mr. Faisal Ali Warabe was warmly received in the town by local UCID branch officials and their supporters. However neither UDUB nor UCID has received the same reception during Kulmiye party campaign rally in the town. Las Anod could give Kulmiye slight edge over the two.
UDUB camp concluded it’s poll campaigns on Monday and today, the main opposition party will take to the streets to rally their supporters.
The elections are scheduled for June 26 which is the same day Somaliland marks it’s 50th independence anniversary.
Somalilandpress | Tuesday – June 22, 2010
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