President Silanyo's Government on the Countdown

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Tuesday June 30, 2015 - 01:27:18 in by Super Admin
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    President Silanyo's Government on the Countdown

    The incumbent government of Ahmed Mohamed Mohamoud Siilaanyo's term is about to end on 26th June 2015 and the parties agreement signed on

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The incumbent government of Ahmed Mohamed Mohamoud Siilaanyo's term is about to end on 26th June 2015 and the parties agreement signed on
27 May 2015 in the presence of the Vice President and countersigned along with parties to vouch the authenticity of the mutual agreement reached by the national parties has been revoked by the House of Elders calling it unconstitional and void agreement, and defiently sticked to their previous decision which extends for presidency and his Vice for a period of one year and ten months, refering to an irrelevant article in the constitution which states as follows: Article 83 (5) If on the expiry of the term of office of the President and the Vice-President, it is not possible, because of security considerations, to hold the election of the President and the Vice-President, the House of Elders shall extend their term of office whilst taking into consideration the period in which the problems can be overcome and the election can be held. 

The above article does not justify that the elections could not be held on account of a security instability as there wasn’t any circumstances that could be considered as an obstacles to prevent the elections to be held on its time, but in fact it implies that this article is a controversial ambiguity in the constitution that could be used as a circumvent due to a technical defect in the Somaliland law (La jiifiyaana banaan).

The House of Elders impetuously declared their calamitous decision as unchangeable, and disregarded whatever political parties and the government have agreed and signed, calling for their annual leave for two months despite the deadline and the end of government term was very imminent, leaving a ticking bomb behind.

Hence, this political dilemma could egnite unprecidented situation in the country unless otherwise the matter is handled with a great concern within the current government’s legal term in office.

The conundrum issue that Somaliland public are worried about is the deadline and more concerned about what would happen if the time runs out on this current government without finding a solution between them and the opposition parties.

Would there be a transitional coalition government beyond the deadline? And if a coalition government is formed how would it be complied with the constitution while there is no article defining such power sharing in our Somaliland constitution?, and what coaliltion formula would they adopt when sharing the power?.

Although advantage is that coalition government better reflects the popular opinion of the electorate within our country, but at the same time as the government comprising differing parties with different ideology may never agree on policy, meanwhile it could lead us into more chaos and unresolveable political dilemma.

The president Siilaanyo’s speech on 21 June 2015 sends a clear message that his party is pulling out of the recent political parties mutual agreement held at the presidential Palace on 27 May 2015 as he clearly stated that the country has a its constitution and Law.

This brings the aforementioned constitional article 83 (5) into effect and its mandatory.

The most positive expectation relies on the oposition parties UCID and WADANI to compromise for the sake of Somaliland’s stability, existence and security and reluctanly accept the House of Elders irresponsible decision extending the term for Siilaanyo’s government for a year and ten months, which is the only possible solution as the Guurti and the Government violated and misinterpreted the constitution on their favor, and the weakness in Somaliland’s jurisdiction empowers the Elders as the only legislative power.

Wa Bilaahi Towfiiq Ahmed M Musa London UK

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