Somaliland: Parliamentary Elections Postponed Until 2015

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Guurti Elders vote to postpone parliamentary electionsBy: Mo Ali

Somalilandsun – The Somaliland House of Elders (Guurti) voted today for the extension of the term of the House of Parliament for a further 2 years and 27 days .

The House of Elders also voted for Mr. Saeed Jama Ali as a new vice/deputy chairman of the House of Elders to replace the deceased vice chairman, Sheikh A. Sh Nuuh Fure who passed away last week .

This extra ordinary session of the House Elders ( Guurti) was chaired by Suleiman M. Aden . The decision aims to make the parliamentary elections coincide with the presidential elections of Somaliland in 2015, according the local reports . The elections of the House Elders (Guurti ) have also been postponed to take place one year after both the presidential and parliamentary elections.

This is the third time that the house of elders has extended the period of the house of parliament compared to only once by the previous Riyale government.

Somaliland is an unrecognised republic that seceded from Somalia in 1991 after the genocide carried out by the brutal socialist regime of Siyad Barre in the late 1980s and early 1990s . Somaliland has since its secession held two presidential elections, two local government elections and one parliamentary election. The country has its own flag , currency , passport and abundant oil and mineral resources .

The writer Mo Ali is editor of www.medeshivalley.com

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