Somaliland’s opposition to hold rally calling for timely election

The ruling leader Muse Bihi Abdi, who is a former Somali airforce officer is accused of plotting term extension as his mandate expires next November.

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Somaliland’s opposition to hold rally calling for timely election

HARGEISA, Somalia - The main opposition parties in Somaliland, a tiny breakaway region in northern Somalia say they will hold a large demonstration on Thursday, August 12 amid an election crisis.

The government has given UCID and WADDANI parties a green light to stage a peaceful and non-violent protest to express their concerns over the ongoing electoral stalemate in Somaliland.

The ruling leader Muse Bihi Abdi, who is a former Somali airforce officer is accused of plotting term extension as his mandate expires next November. His office insists on no plans to delay the vote.

Somaliland which claims to have seceded from Somalia in May 1991 is currently facing a political, economic, and election crisis with Bihi failing to open dialogue with the opposition to fix the gridlock.

The Presidential election is scheduled to be held in Somaliland on 13 November 2022, which becomes the fourth popular vote since 2003. The opposition leaders say they lost trust in the government.

The latest reports reaching Keydmedia Online's desk indicate that some parts of Somaliland regions experienced today an Internet blackout ahead of the planned opposition protests on Thursday.

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