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Appointment of New President Signals Change and Challenges

New Somali President

ON MONDAY, Somalia lived up to its track record for never re-electing an incumbent leader. President Sharif Sheikh Ahmed lost to a political newcomer, Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, in a landslide victory that represented a stinging condemnation of the status quo, and an unequivocal vote for change. The 275-member parliament, which also voted out a widely […]


Somalia chooses new leader in presidential elections

Somalia's new president Hassan Sheikh Mohamud after being elected by MPs. Photograph: Farah Abdi Warsameh/AP

Somalia’s new president Hassan Sheikh Mohamud after being elected by MPs. Photograph: Farah Abdi Warsameh/AP MOGADISHU — Celebratory gunfire erupted in Mogadishu on Monday night after Hassan Sheikh Mohamud defeated incumbent Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed to become Somalia’s new president. It is the first time since the 1991 overthrow of president Said Barre that a […]


An open letter to the new Chancellor-Elect of University of Hargeisa

Dr Abdi Hussein Gaas elected as the new Chancellor of University of Hargeisa after years of management crisis

Dear Chancellor-Elect Dr. Abdi Hussein Gaas, Congratulations on being elected as the new Chancellor of one of our most important and symbolic institutions, the University of Hargeisa (UoH). Being Chancellor can be a joyful honor that brings great power. But with great power comes great responsibility. Being graduates of the institution ourselves, we thought we […]


Concerned Somali Diaspora and Civil Society Groups Demand Accountability in Somalia

Friday, July 27, 2012 To: H.E. Ban Ki Moon UN Secretary General Cc: H.E. Dr. Augustine P. Mahiga Special Representative toSomalia(SRSG) and Head of the United Nations Political Office forSomalia(UNPOS) Your Excellency: newOn July 15, 2012, World Today reported that the United Nations could impose sanctions on corrupt Somali politicians by imposing travel bans on […]


Mali’s Interim President Outlines Political Transition

President Dioncounda Traore, left, with ECOWAS chairman, Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara, Abidjan, May 2012.

President Dioncounda Traore, left, with ECOWAS chairman, Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara, Abidjan, May 2012. NAIROBI — Mali’s interim president, Diouncounda Traore, said Sunday he plans to overhaul his country’s post-coup political transition. He called on Malians to accept foreign help in retaking the northern part of Mali from al-Qaida-linked Islamist militants who have been […]


The Abrasive Diplomacy of Somalia’s De-Facto President

The dire warnings of the head of the United Nations Political Office for Somalia(UNPOS), Mr. Augustine Mahiga, acting in his assumed capacity as the de facto President of the failed Somali state, are nothing but a shameful camouflage to distract the international public opinion from his personal failure on the intractable quagmire of southern Somalia. […]


Video: Somaliland new president takes power

HARGEISA (Somalilandpress) — Before jubilant crowd and large diplomatic presence in Hargiea presidential palace, the victor of Somaliland presidential election, Mr. Ahmed Mohamed Silanyo was sworn as the new president of Somaliland. The Outgoing president Dahir Riyale Kahin handed over power to Ahmed Mohamed Silanyo during a ceremony at the presidential palace in the capital […]


Somaliland: A Note of Advice to the National Advisory Commitee for the formation of new government

Since 1991, after the Burao peace and reconciliation conference that declared the proclamation of the state of Somaliland, there was only one unwritten policy adopted for the formation of the state institutions that was “peace, security, reconciliation, demobilization and disarmament”. As result, we build bottom heavy state machinery with one objective in mind and that […]


President-elect visits president Riyale

HARGEISA (Somalilandpress) — President-elect Ahmed Mohamed Silaanyo paid a surprise visit to the outgoing President Dahir Riyale Kahin in his office on Sunday morning. A source close to the new president said the purpose of his visit was to warmly greet and congratulate the outgoing President. It added, the new President was amazed how well […]


An open letter to Somaliland President-elect: congratulations and stay away from Somalia

The Somaliland second presidential election was political milestone for the people, who voted for change at this time. Somaliland’s National Election Commission (NEC) proved professionalism and dedication to job, and rescued the country from possible political disagreement. The people of Somaliland showed the world that Somaliland is not “One Man’s Country” and that any leader […]


New Somaliland leader to fight for international recognition

HARGEISA (Somalilandpress) — The newly-elected president of Somaliland, Ahmed Mohamud Silaanyo, vowed Friday to campaign “vigorously” for international recognition of his breakaway republic in the Horn of Africa. “During my tenure as president I will vigorously fight for the recognition of Somaliland. The world must recognise our democracy,” Silaanyo told AFP a day after the […]


Somaliland opposition head wins presidential poll

* Opposition chief had been widely expected to win * Incumbent manages only third of vote * Supreme Court has to endorse results By Hussein Ali Noor HARGEISA (Somalilandpress) — Opposition leader Ahmed Mohamed Silanyo has won presidential elections in the breakaway Somali enclave of Somaliland, as had been widely expected, electoral authorities said on […]

Opinions, Somaliland

Somaliland Needs a Greedy President

HARGEISA (SomalilandPress) — Okay, so this is another article that will probably get me in trouble, but please; let me explain why I would make such an outrageous assertion before jumping to your conclusions. In an ideal world, we would be graced by leaders whose only motivation was for their nation to prosper, for their […]


SOMALILAND: President approves election date

HARGEISA (Somalilandpress) — Somaliland President Dahir Rayale issued a decree today [Saturday 15th] saying presidential elections will be held on June 26, 2010, approving the proposed date by the NEC. Mr Rayale said he accepted the National Electoral Commission’s decision, just a day after the independent seven-member body called for the June date. Presidential elections […]


Somaliland President Meets French Foreign Minister and European Affairs

PARIS (Somalilandpress) –  The President of Somaliland Hon. Dahir Rayale Kahin and his delegation meet French Foreign Minister and European Affairs Hon. Bernard Kouchner in his office at Quai d’Orsay, Paris on Wednesday, May 5, 2010. The president and French Foreign Minister and European Affairs discussed and talked about different issues such as the situation of […]


Somaliland President sends condolences for the death of Water & Mineral minister

HARGEISA, 21 November 2009 (Somalilandpress) — President Rayale has sent his condolences and heartfelt sympathy to the family and friends of Somaliland’s Water and Mineral Minister, Mr Qasim sh Ibrahim, who died on Friday in the Saudi city of Mecca [Makkah]. [ad#Google Adsense (336x280)] The sixty one-year-old Osman Qasim sh Ibrahim is said to have […]