Opposition parties name committee to plan for nationwide demonstrations

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A 15 member team has been named by the opposition to organize nationwide demonstrations across Somaliland to push the government to commit to holding presidential elections in November.

The Wadani and UCID parties say they will carry on with the plans to hold the demonstrations with or without the government consent.

Wadani party spokesperson Jama Batun at the same time accused President Musa Bihi of plunging the country into a constitutional crisis.

Batuun urged the president to hold the presidential election as schedule on November 13, 2022 to save the country from a crisis.

The opposition parties had accused president Bihi of attempting to extend his term, an accusation the president has yet to comment on.

On Sunday, the opposition parties said their planned demonstrations was to salvage the country and save the democratic process.

 “Today, Somaliland is going to be saved from the mal-governance, violation of (national) laws it habituates and the constitutional contentions it creates,” the opposition stated at a press conference.

The opposition press statement comes a day after the Somaliland Ministry of Interior categorically denied the opposition the right to hold ‘peaceful’ country-wide demonstrations. The ministry ordered all security branches of the government to see to it that national ‘peace is not disturbed.’

The government through interior minister Mohamed Kahin said the application submitted did not comply with the protocol permitting demonstrations of this kind to be held across the country.

But opposition supporters have insisted they will engage in mass action to push the government to comply with their demands vowing that they will take up arms to violently topple the incumbent Kulmiye government.

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