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Somaliland: House allows simultaneous presidential and party election

Hargeisa September 19,2022 (SD) Somaliland’s House of Representatives has today amended the country’s election laws, a source of political debates for the past few months.

33 out of 52 MPs attending today’s session, voted for holding the presidential and political organizations elections simultaneously, while the other 19 members who are supporters of President Muse Bihi, abstained from voting.

MP Adan Qasim Suleiman, who read the proposed changes to the electoral law number 14 before the Parliament, told the media after that the House of Representatives has complied with recent Supreme Court ruling on the country’s electoral law.

On the other hand, MP Abdikarin Mohamed Muhamad, a member of Kulmiye ruling party, said that the MPs who brought the motion to amend the law were less than the legal number, and that the chairman broke the law.

But, Leaders of both National Parties UCID and Waddani have welcomed the amendments, calling it a step in the right direction.

The vote comes as President Bihi, who is insisting on holding the party elections first, is currently on a working trip to the eastern provinces, he is expected to veto the amendment.

This new law will be presented to the Somaliland Senate, which will also vote on it, after which it will be presented to the president for him to enact it.

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