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Somaliland: Traditional leaders to mediate Government and Rebels

Hargeisa August 01, 2023 (SD) – Following recent clashes between the Somaliland Police Force and a militia group in the Gacan-Libaax area in Somaliland, resulting in several casualties, traditional leaders reportedly intervened today and started to mediate a ceasefire between the warring groups.

The militia group said they oppose the outgoing president’s decision to dismiss democracy in the country, and is engaging in activities that undermine peace and stability in the region. The government has called for the disarmament of the group.

Ugas Ahmed Ali Mahdi emphasized the importance of maintaining peace and security, highlighting the need to avoid violence and conflicts that can lead to devastating consequences.

Some of the Traditional leaders acknowledged the rebel’s concerns and blamed the government for dismissing the opposition’s demand to presidential elections, rather than the political party elections pushed by the outgoing president.

The clashes between the Somaliland Police Force and the recently formed rebel group have escalated in the Gacan-Libaax region, with a recent confrontation near the Dari-maraa village.

The police force was deployed to the area after the group was accused of instigating violence, with fear of them taking control of the Berbera port.

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