Ambassador David Concar, Head of the United Kingdom mission to Somalia/Somaliland congratulates Somaliland on a peaceful, orderly conduct of the presidential election and the new president-elect, Musa Behi Abdi.
Ambassador Concar specifically congratulated Musa Behi Abdi for ‘being declared the winner’ of the election contest.
“The UK has really strong ties with the people of Somaliland, and a big supporter of Somaliland’s development,” he said.
“We look forward to working very closely with the president-elect and his team for the benefit of all Somalilanders,” the Ambassador added.
“I, also, want to take the opportunity to congratulate the people of Somaliland for exercising their right to vote in such peaceful and responsible manner,” he stated.
Ambassador Concar commended ‘the absolutely vital part played in the process’ by the Somaliland National Electoral Commission (NEC).
The Ambassador called on all parties to respect the will of voters of Somaliland and to support peace and order.
“Somaliland has a really impressive record of achieving peaceful transitions of power and the UK looks forward to seeing that tradition continue as result of this election so that Somaliland and the people of Somaliland can set another great example of democracy in action for others in the region to follow,” Ambassador Concar concluded.
The presidential election on 13 November was the sixth of its kind held in Somaliland since 2003 three of whom decided presidents.
The Republic of Somaliland remains internationally unrecognized despite the gargantuan achievement it realized since 1991 on striking peace and stability in an otherwise volatile region and in showcasing perfect democracy that is rarely witnessed in the area.