Wadani Opposition leader cries foul over the registration of new political organizations

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Somaliland’s opposition said they will no longer recognize President Musa Bihi Abdi if his term in office ends without the conduct of presidential election, Wadani opposition presidential contender Abdirahman Abdilahi Irro said on Thursday, shortly after returning home. Speaking to a large crowd of his supporters outside Egal Int’l Airport in Hargeisa, Irro stressed that the opposition parties were united against Bihi’s attempts to delay upcoming presidential vote and threatened that parallel presidents would be installed if he fails to hold polls on schedule. On a controversial decree issued by the President this month that called for the registration of new political organizations, the opposition leader said they were ready for participating in elections for political parties held once in every 10 years and that the presidential vote should precede them. President Bihi told attendees at a ceremony during a visit to the port city of Berbera on Thursday that new political organizations would be registered as the current political parties’ licenses expire on December 26. Irro accused him of interfering in the parliament’s work and stirring division among MP’s, who have failed together for an assembly for nearly two weeks.

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