Somaliland: Faisal accuses Waddani of intentionally black-smearing Somaliland reputation


The Justice and Welfare party (UCID) has accused WADDANI opposition party of always putting forward contradictory and questionable debates meant to delay the holding of upcoming parliamentary and local elections that are due to be held at the end of this year.

Hon Faisal Ali Waraabe, the chairperson of Justice and Welfare party (UCID) made the allegations while speaking to reporters on Wednesday moments after emerging from a closed-door interparty meeting on the implementation of the national consensus framework agreement on the upcoming election held in Hargeisa.

Eng. Faisal Ali Waraabe added that the UCID party has already conceded from the previous position and expects the two other national political organizations to follow suit in addressing this crisis and consensus agreement. So that we can, all prepare for holding the upcoming parliamentary and local elections at the end of this year. He further purported WADDANI party is not ready to implement the agreement by the three official political parties and is not showing any commitment to do so.

“The uncompromising and unilateral stance of WADDANI party makes me wonder if they affiliated with other entities”, he said

He added, “If the upcoming elections are not held within the set timeline, a shadow will be cast over the integrity of Somaliland as a democratic nation and its legitimacy and our national aspirations will be tarnished. That is what we are trying to avoid as a nation, but sincerely speaking it seems WADDANI has a different agenda than that of Somaliland. We know who some of their members are aligned with. The question is if the elections shall be held or not.”

The Presidency came under intense pressure from all national and international stakeholders, to call for a national consultation process between the Government/ ruling party and the two official opposition parties. As a result of these consultations, an agreement was hammered out and signed at the Presidency in the past two weeks, which set a new compromise date for the election to be held at the end of 2019.


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