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December 31, 2012

“The Government of Somaliland congratulates its people on successful local elections” Press Release


“The Government of Somaliland congratulates its people on successful local elections” Press Release


The Government of the Republic of Somaliland welcomes the outcome of Somaliland’s November 28th local elections, our latest in a series of several presidential, parliamentary and local elections stretching back to 2002.

Following a successful period of peaceful campaigning and voting in which the country’s hard-won 21 years of stability was maintained, the election results have finally been tabulated and verified. We would like to congratulate all the local counselors, mayors and governors on their successes, while also commending those who have lost for respecting the results and maintaining the dignity of the country’s democratic process. We echo the praise of the international election observers of our people’s sincere commitment to democracy.

The government and the people of Somaliland would like to thank international donors, implementing organisations and election observers for again showing their commitment to assisting our country’s consolidation of democracy. Such financial and technical support was crucial to the peaceful and smooth completion of the elections, and we hope such support will only continue in advance of Somaliland’s upcoming parliamentary and presidential elections.

Our democratic path continues to stand out as a shining example of the democratic potential inherent to the peoples of the Horn of Africa and the continent as a whole, and we have seen encouraging progress in many areas, such as the increased participation of youth and women as voters and candidates and the use of the judicial system to resolve electoral disputes. But as democratic practices become further institutionalized, new challenges will unavoidably arise, and our people must be brave and spirited enough to learn from those challenges.

We therefore take heed and are prepared to address the recommendations of the international election observers to put in place a robust and effective voter/citizen registration system to guarantee the integrity of each and every vote. Our government institutions and civil society organisations are already exploring ways to make this a reality. We call on the international community to support these efforts.

With each passing election, Somaliland’s commitment to stability, peace, democracy and the fight against extremism becomes more evident. Underpinning this commitment is the Somaliland people’s belief that to compromise these values would be to not only undermine the country’s potential for development and growth, but also create a setback in the efforts of neighboring countries and the international community in reestablishing peace throughout the Horn of Africa.

Press Office Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation



December 3, 2012

AFP- Polls in Somaliland ‘transparent’: international observers

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AFP: Polls in Somaliland ‘transparent’: observers



NAIROBI — Local elections in the self-declared nation of Somaliland were “largely peaceful and transparent”, international observers said Monday, but noted concern at “weaknesses in safeguards against multiple voting.”

Council elections across the northern Somali region, a rare area of relative stability compared to war-torn southern Somalia, took place on November 28, with over 2,300 candidates contesting for 379 positions.

“We can cautiously report many positives,” the report read from the 50-strong international team of observers, organised by the British aid agency Progressio.

“Election campaigning appears to have been competitive and pluralistic, with seven different parties and associations fielding candidates.”

However, the team said there were some concerns, the most serious being an “absence of a voter registry, and weaknesses in related safeguards”.

That included inadequate indelible ink used to stain fingers of those who voted, making polling “vulnerable to multiple voting.”

Results are due in coming days, with the observers to release a further statement after that.

Somaliland, a former British protectorate, won independence in 1960 but days later joined with Somalia. In 1991, after years of bitter war with the government in Mogadishu, it declared independence from the rest of the country.

While anarchic southern Somalia has been riven by years of fighting between multiple militia forces, Somaliland has enjoyed relative peace.


January 7, 2011

Afhayeenka Madaxtooyada JSL Mud Cabdillaahi Maxamed Daahir ( Cukuse ) oo hogaaminayay Suxufiyiin kusugan Jubba ee Koonfurta Sudaan. DAAWO SAWIRADA.

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Afhayeenka Madaxtooyada JSL Mud Cabdillaahi Maxamed Daahir ( Cukuse ) oo hogaaminayay Suxufiyiin kusugan Jubba ee Koonfurta Sudaan. DAAWO SAWIRADA.





Afhayeenka madaxtooyada JSL oo hogaaminaya Suxufiyiinta tegaysa Jubba ee Koonfurta Sudaan oo ay ka mid yihin Suxufiyiin waa wayn Sida yuusuf Cabdi Gaboobe, Gudoomiyeyaasha SSJW Mustafe Shiine, Gudoomiyaha Dallada Saxaafada Somaliland ee Madaxa banaan ee USJ iyo Ururada Saxaafada ee SOOLJA iyo Suxufiyiin kale oo Magaca ku leh Saxaafada dalka oo Socdaalka ku wehelinaya Afhaeenka Madaxtooyada JSL ayaa maanta kulan Sharafeed soo dhawayn ah ku Marti qaaday Safiirka Cusub ee Somaliland u Fadhiya Ethiopia Aadan Nuux Dhuule oo ka mid ahaa Suxufiyiinta waa wayn ee Magaca ku yeeshay Mihnadda Saxaafada.


Kulan Sharafeedkan waxa ay Suxufiyiintu Safiirka ku hambalyeyen Xilka loo magacaabay waxanay ku dhiiri geliyeen inuu ka midha dhaliyo Masraxa Saxaafada oo uu u soo jiido Qiimo u dhigma sidoo kale waxa uu kulankaas Afhayeenku ka sheegay in uu kulankan ama Marti qaadkan uga jeedo inuu Dhiiri geliyo Suxufiyiinta Da’ada yar yar ee Mihnada Saxaafada Sida wanaagsan ugu adeegta oo uu sheegay in ay haddii ay si wadaan ay ka gaadhi doonaan Maqaankan oo kale Saxaafadana Derajo noocan oo kale ah lag agaadho marka sida wanaagsan loogu Shaqeeyo.


Safiirka ayaa isaguna ka mahad naqay Martiqaadkan , Dhinaca kalena Suxufiyiinta uu Afhayeenku Hogaaminaayo waxay ku guulaysteen inay la kulmaan Safiirka ama Qunsulka Koonfurta Sudaan u jooga Dalka Ethiopia Gaar ahaan Adis Ababa oo ay isagana kala sheekaysteen Qadiyada Jubba oo haatan ka Go’aysa Sudaan inteeda kale Aftidan laqaadayo iyo Xidhiidhka u Dhexeya isu dhawanashaha labada Dal ee Somaliland iyo Jubba.

Ugu danbayna Af-hayeenku waxa uu Madaxweynaha JSL uga Mahad naqay inuu yahay Madaxweynihii ugu Horeyey ee Saxaafada Madaxa Banaan Fursad u siiya inay Xornimo Debeda uga soo Shaqeeyaan Qadiyada Somaliland.


Cabdillaahi Maxamed Daahir ( Cukuse )

Af-hayeenka Madaxtooyada JSL.


July 30, 2010

VIDEOS: How Kenyan TVs Reported “Inauguration Of Somaliland New President” 2010

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VIDEOS: How Kenyan TV’s Reported “Inauguration Of New Somaliland President” 2010

1) Kenyan NTV Report: Somaliland Democracy in the horn 2010

2) Kenyan KTN TV Report on Somaliland New President  Inauguration 2010

July 29, 2010

Somaliland new President announces his cabinet

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Somaliland new President announces his cabinet

President Ahmed Mohamed M. Silanyo


Hareigsa –  Somaliland new president Ahmed Mohamed Silanyo announced today his cabinet for the next government of Somaliland. The cabinet includes 20 ministerial positions and six deputy of minister.

In a press conference at Hargeisa presidential palace, the new presidents addressed the nation and announced his cabinet. The cabinet is half of the previous government.

The cabinet includes two women ministers and one deputy minister. This is first time that Somaliland cabinet has this of number women representation. This is a fulfillment of President Silanyo campaign promises. The President made campaign promise that women will present 25% of his cabinet. This is seen a progressive move by Somaliland citizens and many women organizations have praised these appointees.

Before the president announced his cabinet, the president gave a long speech in which he detailed different aspects of the policy of the new government. He asked for the people’s support of the new government. He said that he chose his cabinet based on expertise and qualifications and after long consolation with intelligentsia of the country.

Also the president called for the release of all political prisoners, who are arrested under the previous government. The president called for the armed militia in Eastern part of the country to throw their arms and start constructive dialogue with the national government. He highlighted some of the goals of his government, which include the development in agriculture and fishery sectors fighting poverty and increasing social welfare services to the “Mujahidin of SNM.”

The president said that he will work closely with neighboring countries to increase cooperation to fight extremism and pirate activities in the India ocean. Mr. Silanyo called to make new allies in the Arab governments and China. He said that his government will fight corruption by increase transparency and holding official accountable.

Somaliland youth groups have expressed disappointment after the president made many promises to them during his campaign. The cabinet does not include any youth member.

“We are very happy that the new president appointed 3 women to ministerial positions. But we are disappointed that the president has forgotten about us. We are not blaming him personally. Until tribalism and nepotism cease to exist in our politics, the youth will not take on leadership positions that it deservers.” Nimco Aadan, youth organization member and employee of the UN Development programs told our reporter in Hargeisa.

The cabinet includes new faces in the political scene in Somaliland. The cabinet includes highly educated individuals who did not participate in politics of Somaliland. This has surprised many political observers, and it is seen a move to new direction.

List of cabinet positions.

1. Dr. Mohamed Abdoulahi Omar for the Secretary of Foreign Affairs.
2. Dr. Mohamed Abdi Gaboose for the Secretary of Interior and Domestic Affairs.
3. Dr. Sacad Ali Shire for the Secretary of Planning and Development .
4. Mr. Mohamed Haashi Emli for the Secretary of Treasury.
5. Mr. Hussein Ahmed Aidid for the Secretary of Transportation .
6. Samsam Cabdi Aadan for the Secretary of Education,
7. Dr. Hussein Mohamoud Mohamed for the Secretary of Health.
8. Xaaji. Adam Adami for the Secretary of Defense.
9. Abdirisaaq Khaliif Ahmed for the Secretary of Finance and industrial Development.
10. Dr. Ahmed Haashi Oday for Secretary of Rural Development and Environment.
11. Abdirisaaq Ibrahim Mohamed for the Secretary of Telecommunication and Postal Services.
12. Prof. Ismail Mumin Aare for Attorney General and Ministry of Justice Secretary.
13. Sheekh Khalil Abdilahi Ahmed for the Secretary of Religion.
14. Ilhaan Mohamed Yassin Hassan for the Secretary of labor and social welfare.
15. Dr. Mohamed Yasin Hassan for the Secretary of Fishery.
16. Dr. Hueesin Abdi Ducaal for the Secretary of Mining and Water Resources.
17. Mr. Mohamed Haashi Madar for the Secretary of Sports and.
18. Prof. Farah Elmi Mohamed for the Secretary of agriculture.
19. Mohamoud Haashi Abdi for the Secretary of Aviation.
20. Abdilaahi Jaamac for the Secretary of Press.

List of Deputies for Ministerial Positions:

1-Ali Haamoud Jbriir as the Deputy Secretary for Education.
2- Mohamaed Yoonis Awali as the Deputy Secretary for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.
3-Osman Garad Soofe as the Deputy Secretary of Interior Minister.
4-Ali Abdi Saqi as the Deputy Secretary for Planning and Development.
5-Warsama Saeed Abdi for the Deputy Secretary of Finance.
6-Nimo Huessin Qawdhan for the Deputy Secretary of Health.

Reported by Abdiqani Baynax in Hargeisa & Mohamed Gulaid

July 28, 2010

New Somaliland president Ahmed Mohamed Mohamoud Silanyo Sworn in

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New Somaliland president Ahmed Mohamed Mohamoud Silanyo Sworn in

Somaliland President Ahmed Mohamed Mohamoud Silanyo

New Somaliland president Ahmed Mohamed Mohamoud Silanyo Sworn in

HARGEISA, Republic of SomaliLand — The newly-elected president of Somaliland was sworn in Tuesday following June polls widely acclaimed as peaceful and democratic.

Outgoing president Dahir Riyale Kahin handed over power to Ahmed Mohamed Silanyo during a ceremony at the presidential palace in the capital Hargeisa.

“I solemnly transfer power to the new president, my brother Ahmed Silanyo, who defeated me in the recent elections,” said Riyale, who had been in power since 2002.

“I will work with him by giving my support and I call upon all of you to unite in his support,” he added. “There is a huge and difficult task ahead of our brother so let us help him succeed in his work.”

Silanyo, who has a degree from the London School of Economics and runs the Kulmiye party, is Somaliland’s fourth president since the territory unilaterally proclaimed its independence from the rest of Somalia in 1991.

“I ask for your support to fulfil my commitments and, as of tomorrow, I will start appointing my government,” Silanyo said at the ceremony.

The elections were held on June 26, on the day of Somaliland’s 50th anniversary of independence  from Britain.


July 7, 2010

U.S. Congratulates Somaliland on Election Proceedings

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U.S. Congratulates Somaliland on Election Proceedings

U.S. Embassy, Nairobi, Kenya

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 the election proceedings were generally peaceful and orderly.

The high voter turnout indicates that the citizens of Somaliland are determined to exercise their rights. Observers indicate that the June 26 election process was largely free and fair.

The election marks an important milestone for the people of Somaliland. We congratulate the winner and commend the other candidates for their statesmanlike acceptance of the results.

The United States urges the people of Somaliland to sustain their efforts to see this process through to a peaceful conclusion, with the swearing-in of the winner in approximately thirty days.

July 1, 2010

Breaking News:Muj.Ahmed M. Mahamoud ‘Silanyo’ the new Elected President of Somaliland

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Muj.Ahmed M. Mahamoud ‘Silanyo’ the new Elected President of Somaliland

Somaliland President Muj.Ahmed M. Mahamoud 'Silanyo'

HARGEISA— Somaliland National Electoral Commission (NEC) has finally announced Kulmiye party to be the winner of Somaliland election and Muj.Ahmed M. Mahamoud ‘Silanyo’  the new Presidentnof Somaliland.. During a press conference at Mansoor hotel in Hargeisa, the NEC chairman, Mr. Essa Mohamed has declared Kulmiye party to be the winners of Somaliland election with a 49.59%.  NEC chair Mr. Essa Mohamed urged the public and the political parties to support the new leadership.  Mr. Essa said “I am once again confirming Kulmiye Party to be the winners of the election when all the votes were counted”.

Votes each party has won:-

KULMIYE: 266906 49.59%
UDUB: 178881 33.23%
UCID 92439 17.18%

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Somaliland President says will step down if loses polls

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HARGEISA — The president of Somaliland Dahir Riyale Kahin said Thursday he would step down if he was defeated in presidential polls held at the weekend.

Somaliland president Dahir Riyale Kahin

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 I will hand over responsibility in a very… democratic way,” Kahin told reporters.

The elections were conducted peacefully without violence or instances of suspected fraud.

Somaliland seceded from the rest of Somalia in 1991 four months after the overthrow of president Mohamed Siad Barre. Somaliland first got independent in 26th June 1960 from the British and was independent state for five days before they join Somalia.

June 28, 2010

Somaliland Holds Credible Presidential Election

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Somaliland Holds Credible Presidential Election

Hargeisa, Somaliland – IRI found that Somaliland’s election was peaceful, without maAmbassador Williamson visits with Sacid, who voted in Hargeisa.Ambassador Williamson visits with Sacid, who voted in Hargeisa.jor incident and generally met international standards.  Hundreds of thousands of Somalilanders turned out to vote in their fourth election, and although wanting international recognition, did not wait to continue to build their nascent democracy.  The international community should credit such democratic progress and the example it sets for others.

As stated previously, the June 26 election went smoothly; however, Election Day is only one part of a larger and longer four part process, which includes the pre-election environment, pre-election administration, Election Day voting, and vote counting and post-election adjudication resulting in acceptance of legitimate results.  IRI cautions the political parties and Somalilanders to wait for the final results to be released before conclusions are made regarding the election process.  Peace has been the hallmark of Somaliland for the past 20 years, a point IRI was reminded of by citizens, civil society, election officials and the presidential candidates prior to the election.

In casting their ballots during Saturday’s presidential election, Somalilanders showed their enthusiasm and support for democracy and their homeland.  The pre-election environment and administration were generally conducive to a credible process.  In taking their campaigns to every region of Somaliland, the candidates believed that they were able to get their message across to the population and in the independent media.  IRI did, however, hear complaints regarding the use by the ruling party of state resources, such as state television and government vehicles.

Somaliland’s National Election Commission (NEC) deserves much credit.  The establishment of a voter registry and cards in particular were a step forward for the election process.  The set-up and mechanics for Election Day were also handled well.  Polling site officials carried out their work in a conscientious manner.  For the first-time ever worldwide, IRI witnessed a commendable, systematic effort to involve trained university students as election officials.  IRI also was impressed by the presence of observers representing all three political parties at an overwhelming number of balloting sites.  This is one of the most useful methods to deter fraud.

However, this well-run election was not without some difficulties.  A significant number of polling sites did not post the needed alphabetical division of voter’s last names, which led to early confusion on where to cast votes.  IRI also witnessed sporadic irregularities including what were believed to be instances of voting by those younger than 16, the legal age of voting.  By the end of balloting, these problems had either been solved or had not reached a level sufficient to call into question the credibility of the process.  As the vote count began, Somalilanders clearly felt a great pride for exercising their democratic rights, and much hope for the future.  IRI hopes that as the counting and tabulation process continues the political parties, candidates and citizens are as respectful of the results as they were in 2003.

This election was originally to be held in 2008 and was repeatedly delayed.  In any democracy, old or new, such delays undermine the political process and elicit distrust among the citizens.  This was unfortunate since Somaliland held a constitutional referendum in 2001, and three elections (local, presidential and parliamentary) from 2002-2005; all were deemed acceptable.  The last presidential election in 2003 was decided by a mere 80 votes and the defeated candidates accepted the result, and 2005 parliamentary elections resulted in an opposition-dominated legislature.  Many other countries and politicians can learn from Somaliland’s example, but only if elections continue to be held regularly and in a timely fashion.

IRI’s 19-member delegation was co-led by IRI board members Richard S. Williamson, former United Nations Ambassador and Presidential Special Envoy for Sudan; and Constance Berry Newman, former Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs and former U. S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Assistant Administrator for Africa.  The delegation also included representatives from the Czech Republic, Kenya, Nigeria, Norway, Sierra Leone, Serbia, Spain and the United States.  The group observed voting and ballot counting at more than 70 polling stations in four cities – Berbera, Borama, Burao and Hargeisa.

IRI also partnered with the local nongovernmental organization Social Research and Development Institute to train and deploy six domestic observer teams that gave IRI a broader coverage in areas where international observers could not monitor.  The domestic teams monitored voting and ballot counting at more than 70 polling stations in Ainaba, Baligubadle, Las Anod, Lug-haya, Odweine, Salaxley and Zeila.

Other IRI delegates were:

  • Rune Aale-Hansen, Chief Information Officer of Norway’s Høyre Party;
  • The Honorable Sophia Abdi Noor, member of the Kenyan Parliament;
  • The Honorable Aminu Bello Masari, former Speaker of the Nigerian House of Representatives;
  • Ambassador Ramón Gil-Casares Satrústegui, former Spanish Ambassador to South Africa and former Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs;
  • Dr. J. Peter Pham, Senior Fellow and Director of the Africa Project at the National Committee on American Foreign Policy, and non‐resident Senior Fellow for Africa Policy Studies at the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies;
  • Ambassador Lange Schermerhorn, former U.S. Ambassador to Djibouti;
  • Petr Sokol, Secretary of the Czech Republic’s Civic Democratic Party Group at the European Parliament; and
  • Dr. Christiana Thorpe, Chairwoman of Sierra Leone’s National Electoral Commission.
IRI staff also served as observers and assisted in the mission.  IRI staff were led by Lorne W. Craner, IRI President and former Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy Human Rights and Labor; Paul Fagan, IRI’s Regional Director for Africa programs; Scott Pool, Resident Country Director for Kenya and Somaliland; and Lara Petricevic, Somaliland Resident Program Officer.

Delegates traveled to Nairobi, Kenya where they were briefed by representatives from the U.S. Embassy and USAID.  After arriving in Hargeisa, delegates were briefed by representatives of the NEC, European Commission, presidential candidates, human rights groups and civil society organizations.  They also were briefed on the rights and responsibilities of international observers and Somaliland election law.

Delegates then deployed throughout Somaliland where they met with local election officials, political party representatives and civil society organizations.  On Election Day, delegates monitored polling stations and identified and evaluated the strengths and weaknesses in the election system, including campaign regulations, the balloting process, vote tabulation and reporting.

IRI has monitored more than 135 elections in more than 40 countries.  In September 2005, an IRI delegation traveled to Somaliland to assess the country’s parliamentaryelctions. 

Since 2002, IRI has worked with civil society groups, political parties and the national parliament in Somaliland.  Through funding from USAID, IRI provided support to Somaliland’s political parties, parliament, marginalized groups and was able to conduct this election observation mission.

The International Republican Institute Advancing Democracy Worldwide: IRI

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