Somali President Calls for Calm in Somaliland
Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud has called for calm and dialogue following the clash between security forces and protesters in Hargeisa.
President Mohamud urged Somaliland’s political leaders to resolve their differences at the table “before a foreigner intervenes” and protect “the reputation that Somalis have brought to resolve their differences”.
“We are warning Somaliland to reach a level where they face foreign intervention´´ president Hassan Sheikh Mohamud said.
President Hassan Sheikh said that the problem arising from the ongoing violence in Somaliland will not be limited to them alone and will affect all Somalis and the region.
The president called on the leaders of different sectors of the society to stand up to calm the situation.
The Somalilands president Muse Bihi current term ends in November but the opposition suspect Bihi wants to delay that election and accuse him of seeking an extension of his term through “Guurti”, a council of elders that acts as the de factor parliament in Somaliland.
At least four people were killed and close to 100 others injured in the breakaway region of Somaliland.
Somaliland broke away from Somalia in 1991 but has not gained widespread international recognition for its independence.
The region has been mostly peaceful while Somalia has grappled with three decades of civil war.