Somaliland MPs trade blows as tempers flare up over new legislation 

The fracas has disrupted the session after the MPs clashed with police fired live bullets towards the members of the parliament whose majority seats were occupied by the two opposition parties in May polls.

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Somaliland MPs trade blows as tempers flare up over new legislation 

HARGEISA - Members of the Somaliland Parliament have engaged in an ugly brawl at the house during a messy session on Monday in Hargeisa city, north of Somalia.

Opposition MPs shouted “no to more political parties registered… it’s illegal and unacceptable” as they traded blows with the ruling Kulmiye party’s lawmakers before the opening of the Parliamentary sitting.

The lawmakers from the opposition parties – UCID and Waddani were assaulted by the police who fired at them as the fist-fight continued in and outside the parliament complex.

The fracas has disrupted the session after the MPs clashed with police fired live bullets towards the members of the parliament whose majority seats were occupied by the two opposition parties in May polls.

The confusion began after Somaliland information minister Saleban Koore announced on Sunday a controversial change to the political parties’ law in the breakaway region that allows only 3 parties.

Somaliland has long enjoyed relative peace when compared to the conflict-riddled southern regions of Somalia and it has established its own governance system following the outbreak of the civil war in 1991.

The region claims it seceded from Somalia and has been pushing for international recognization as a sovereignty state. However, it failed all attempts to win its goals for the past 30 years.

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