Somaliland: President Denies Contacts with Mogadishu over Talleh & Labels Hassan Sheikh a Toddler in


President Silanyo of Somaliland (R) says his Somalia Counterpart Hasan Sheikh (L) is a political novice

By: Osman A.M.

HARGEISA (Somalilandsun) – There were no official correspondence between President Ahmed Mohamed Silanyo & his Mogadishu’s counterpart Hassan Sheikh Mohamud that interceded withdrawal of National Defense Forces (NDF) from Talleh.

This was delivered by President Silanyo in his 3rd state of the nation address that the head of state was making before the parliamentarians drawn from both chambers of parliament at the floors of the upper house on Thursday 7th May 2014.

Silanyo broke the silence over the matter after President Hassan Sheikh went out publically and revealed that he pleaded with Somaliland’s leader and convinced him to authorized withdrawal of troops from the town.

President Silanyo’s revelation is also in contrast with recent utterances made by his Foreign Affairs & International Co-operation Minister Mohamed Bihi Yonis who claimed that the two leaders corresponded via telephone in his presence, a disclosure that initially collaborated Hassan’s version of the matter.

The head of state rated President Hassan as a toddler in national politics and went further ahead in advising him to learn basic rules governing ethics of the profession as the man at helm in the Mogadishu based administration has had no prior experience nor held political office before his election as a president in 2012.

“Hassan Sheikh is an infant in politics & should therefore learn crucial rules of the game before misguiding people. I assure you honorable members that there were no communications between the two of us over the matter of Talleh”, stated Silanyo in his speech to members of parliament.


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