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Somaliland: Opposition Parties split over Somalia Somaliland talks in Djibouti

Hargeisa (SD) – Somaliland’s two national opposition party’s Wadani and UCID split over the Somalia Somaliland talks scheduled for tomorrow in Djibouti.

Wadani party’s first vice-chairman Abdirisaq Khalif in a press conference today said their party fully supports the meeting between Somalia and Somaliland poised for tomorrow in Djibouti.

The Wadani First Vice-chairman’s comments coming after president Bihi reportedly met with both opposition parties in Hargeisa today.

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“We are calling on the government as a party on acting in accordance with the constitutional mandate to attend the conference in Djibouti, everything that comes out of the conference should be followed up with a constitutional process and the powers that be given to it by the government, beyond that, we do not support the government as a party.” Said the first vice-chairman of Wadani party Abdirisaq Khalif at a press conference in Hargeisa this afternoon.

On the other hand, UCID party chairman Eng. Faisal Ali Warabe said this was not the time to talk to the Somalia’s government led by President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo.

The Chairman Faisal Ali said that in an interview with BBC’s Somali service today.

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“For me, as a chairman, my position has always been against it and I said before that it would should not be held today, the Somali government of today is not worthy of a meeting, so we generally do not oppose Somaliland and Somalia talks, but the current Somali government which we are all aware of their views on targeting Somaliland and the treaties they have left behind and as recent as their foreign minister’s comments against Berbera investment, we view meeting with them as a failure.” Said the chairman.

The talks between Somalia and Somaliland are said to n pushed by Ethiopian PM Abiy Ahmed and US Ambassador to Somalia Donald Yamamoto.

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