In the past Somaliland was renowned internationally as a bastion of democracy and security in the Horn of Africa.
This was stated by Opposition UCID Party Leader Eng Feisal Ali Warabe in Hargeisa where he castigated the government for its lackluster arrangements for planned 2019 parliamentary elections.
“Today we can no longer claim to be a democratic nor peaceful country” said Eng Warabe
According to the politician Somaliland has lost its steam in the democratization process courtesy of a parliament that is the only one in the world to be in office for 12 years.
Similarly the claim of a secure country has been lost since President Muse Bihi assumed office Following the mushrooming of a red Opposition groups formed and led by senior officers of the army he, President is commander in chief.
Stressing that it was very apparent that the administration is not intent on holding Parliamentary elections as planned in early 2019, Eng Feisal Ali warned of a major revolution if the president does not make an about-turn.
“In lieu of timely parliamentary elections in 2019 I shall hold an all Clans Council with the objective of taking over authority” Said the politician adding that this decision emanates from refusal by president
Bihi to negotiate with political parties.
According to the Engineer turned political discussions between the three political parties and administration has collapsed due to failure to agree on a number of issues.
Said he “First The Kulmiye party bandwagon is completely opposed to the Demand by the Opposition parties of UCID and Wadani to disband the present national elections commission-NEC”
Adding that not only have they refused to negotiate disbanding NEC which is behind the fiasco of November 2017 presidential elections, but the ruling party and administration have disputed proposals to increase the number of election commissioners from seven to nine.
The all political parties consultative meetings that were geared towards establishing a common stand politically and in foreign policy as well collapsed after the dispute revolving around the future of NEC.
While Feisal Ali Warabe is known for his verbosity and platform dancing the current threat to organize an all clans meeting should be taken very seriously for repercussions shall vibrate far and wide.
Riding for the engineer in this instance is the despise held over current members of parliament by citizens who are unanimous in their desire to see new faces after 12 years.