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Somaliland beyond the confines of the Al-Mansour Hotel

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To diplomats, NGO wallahs and journalists a visit to Somaliland seems to centre upon the Al-Mansour Hotel in Hargeisa. Strategically, located in the country’s dusty capital, it is redolent in stature at least to the Hotel Sacher in post-war Vienna. A place of intrigue, political horse trading, and deal brokerage the Al-Mansour delights in its […]


Anti-election protest escalates and spreads in Somaliland


FURY over changes to the disputed Municipal Council election results spread across the Somaliland capital on Monday, raising concerns that disputes could drag on, creating a dangerous political vacuum. Angry crowds mainly youth took to the streets in Hargeisa’s central district of June 26th burning tires and blockading main roads with stones. Transport came to […]


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 […]


LIVE: Somalia’s Presidential Elections

Somalia’s first presidential election after over two decades of violence and unrest is currently underway in the Somali capital, Mogadishu. Members of the newly formed parliament are voting for a new president and security has been tightened. The presidential hopefuls include more than 22 candidates from all walks of life including the current transitional President. […]


Somalia: Election fever replaces al-Qaeda in Mogadishu

Excitement as election fever grips Somali capital Mogadishu

MOGADISHU — As date for the presidential vote on Aug 20 draws ever more closer and political activities in the city intensifies with campaigning by the burgeoning number of presidential aspirants builds up, Mogadishu is visibly in election mood. Thousands rally in streets of Mogadishu and football stadia for the key presidential candidates in the […]


Somaliland’s Lower House lowers age of candidacy

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HARGEISA — Somaliland’s Lower House of Parliament on Tuesday approved amendments to the constitution that will reinforce the role of youth in public and parliamentary life. [ad#Google Adsense (336x280)] Only half of the 82 members were present for the vote and 34 endorsed the new bill that will determine the age at which a person […]


President Guelleh wins Djibouti poll


DJIBOUTI — Results from presidential elections in the tiny Horn of Africa nation of Djibouti – third since 1994 reconciliation – show a massive win for incumbent President, Ismail Omar Guelleh. The head of the electoral commission Assoweh Idris Assoweh announced on Saturday morning (4 AM East Africa Time) that Mr Guelleh received over 72 […]


Minnesota’s Somalilanders celebrate their homeland’s democracy

In late July, hundreds of Somalilanders in Minnesota gathered at the Hilton Hotel in downtown Minneapolis to celebrate elected President Ahmed Mohamed “Silanyo” Mohamoud’s victory in Somaliland. After President Silanyo, as he is commonly called, defeated incumbent Dahir Riyale Kahin in June elections, Somalilanders in Minnesota said it was time to celebrate and reflect on […]


Voting in a country that doesn’t exist

Somaliland voters braved al-Qaeda threats to engage in “the devil’s practice” — but the result of the poll won’t be recognised outside the country By Stefan Simanowitz HARGEISA (Somalilandpress) — On Saturday June 26, across the length and breadth of the breakaway state of Somaliland, the rising sun revealed long lines of people snaking towards […]


U.S. Congratulates Somaliland on Election Proceedings

The following is a presse release from U.S. – Kenya Embassy. U.S. Embassy, Nairobi, Kenya Press Release Wednesday, July 07, 2010 Nairobi, July 7, 2010 – The United States government commends the people of Somaliland, the National Electoral Commission (NEC), and the political parties for conducting a peaceful election on June 26. Reports indicate that […]


New Somaliland President Looking for Recognition and Investment

BERBERA (Somalilandpress) — Ahmed Mohamed Silanyo, the opposition candidate who won the recent presidential election in Somaliland, says international recognition for the self-declared republic is one of his priorities. Silanyo defeated outgoing president Dahir Riyale Kahin with 49.6 percent of the vote, according to the National Electoral Commission of Somaliland. International observers said the poll […]


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 […]


Opposition leader wins election in Somaliland

Silanyo declared winner in Somaliland Won nearly half the vote Third party contesting the election HARGEISA (Somalilandpress) — The electoral commission in Somaliland, a breakaway republic in northwest Somalia, has declared Ahmed Mohamed Silanyo as the winner in the presidential election held recently, according to its chairman, Ise Yusuf Mohamed. Silanyo’s opposition Kulmiye Party won […]


Ethiopia: ‘the winners are the people of Somaliland’

ADDIS ABABA (Somalilandpress) — Ethiopia on Friday called political parties in Somaliland to accept the provisional results of the 26 June poll in that country where the opposition leader was declared as the winner. According to the provisional results released by the electoral commission of Somaliland, opposition leader Ahmed Mahmoud Silanyo won 49.6 percent of […]


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 […]


Somaliland leader says will step down if loses polls

HARGEISA (Somalilandpress) — The president of Somalia’s self-declared Somaliland state said Thursday he would step down if he was defeated in presidential polls held at the weekend. Dahir Riyale Kahin had faced strong challenges from two opposition candidates in Saturday’s elections in the northern breakaway region striving for international recognition. “If I lose the election […]