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Somaliland criticizes UN, threatens masked delegates in Upper House elections

Hargeisa (SD) – Somaliland condemned the UN participation of the election of members of the Upper House of the Northern Regions to the Somali Parliament this week, in the Somali capital Mogadishu.

Somaliland lamented the presence and comments made by the United Nations Envoy, James Swan at the elections and threatened the masked members of the electorate to be identified and arrested when they go back to Somaliland.

“We are deeply saddened that the United Nations is witnessing and believing that 20 or 30 traitors to this nation are seen as representing us.” Said Somaliland’s Vice President Abdirahman Saylici. Adding “We have information that those who were hiding their faces left Somaliland and want to return tomorrow. They are criminals, let no Somalilanders shed tears when they are arrested tomorrow,”.

Abdirahman Saylici said the elected members did not represent Somaliland and no involvement in that process.

“I say to the people of Somalia, we will never accept whatever you are concocting in the foreign protected few kilometers, and those 20 traitors do not represent us.” Saylici said.

The Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) for Somalia James Swan visited the site of the Northern Upper House elections on Wednesday, as he says, to show solidarity.

“Attending a portion of the Upper House elections in a show of solidarity, UN Special Rep. James Swan urged Somalia’s Federal Member States and SEITs to complete the remaining Upper House polls immediately and shift focus to preparations for the House of the People vote.” UNSOM Tweeted.

This comes moths after Somaliland’s recent one person one vote for local and parliamentary elections, praised as free, fair and democratic by the International community, including the UN.

Somaliland, which withdrew from the 1960 union with Somalia in 1991, has been allocated 57 seats in both houses of parliament.

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