Waddani deputy chair says postponement of presidential polls is a recipe for chaos

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Opposition party Waddani deputy chairman Ahmed Cumar Haji (Hamarje) has warned that if the presidential election in Somaliland is postponed once again, the situation in Somaliland will further deteriorate, and could face deeper insecurity.

Hamarje said the conflict in Las Anod could spread throughout Somaliland if the election is delayed.

“We waiting for the Electoral Commission to hold the presidential elections within the nine months timeline and if there are further delays it is likely to trigger conflicts like the one in Las Anod in other regions,” said Hamarje.

He accused the outgoing President Muse Bihi Abdi and the Chairman of the House of Elders, Saleebaan Mahamoud Aadan, of being behind the conflict in Las Anod and ensuring that the elections are not held on time.

According to him, Waddani party is ready to participate in both presidential and political organization elections, but it is uncertain whether President Muse Bihi Abdi is ready for elections.

Hamarje has previously been targeted by the Somaliland government and was one of more than 10 politicians who were arrested following a pro-democracy demonstration in Somaliland.

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