American diplomats spoke about the term extension for the President of Somaliland.
First of all, Ambassador Tibor Nagy, who was the former Assistant Secretary of State for Africa and now the US Ambassador to Ethiopia, said that the international friends of Somaliland are disappointed with the 2-year extension of the Senate. done by President Muse Bihi Abdi.
Ambassador Tibor Nagy also commented on the President of Somaliland’s decision to extend his term of office by two years after the National Elections Committee announced that they could not hold the election during the previous period.
The American diplomat, who spoke about this issue on his Twitter page, said, “It is a good thing that the President of Somaliland, Muse Bihi, has clarified (as he sees it) the decision of the Upper House of the Senate to re the election, saying that the election will take place as soon as possible , while complying with the procedure of the electoral commission.”
Ambassador Tibor Nagy said that Somaliland’s friends in the world are disappointed with the extension of the term “The friends of Somaliland are disappointed with the 2 years that the Senate has extended to (the President)..” he said.
Second, Michael Rubin, a diplomat from the United States who recently visited Somaliland, spoke about the delay in the Somaliland presidential election.
Mr. Rubin, who published a text on the internet, told about the progress of the democratic process in Somaliland, the elections and the danger that the foreign relations could bring about the delay of the election that was scheduled to take place at the end of this year, “Somaliland is in danger.” that any delay in the elections could be damaging to Somaliland’s foreign relations.. Michael Rubin said, adding that he talked about the democratic role of Sonaliland in the Horn of Africa region.”Somaliland has become famous for adopting democracy, and its culture of peace and tolerance has appeared. While Somalia has been reduced to decades of civil war and anarchy. Instead, Somaliland remained peaceful and democratic and rebuilt itself without foreign support.”
Rubin also said, “Somaliland has held 7 parliamentary and presidential elections. Less than 100 votes out of nearly ??500,000 votes decided the 2003 Presidential election, with Ahmed Mohamed Mohamud “Silanyo” willingly accepting defeat. We won the next presidential election in 2010.
Also , an opposition coalition won the 2021 parliamentary elections, and President Muse Bihi accepted the results. He said, he added, “Somaliland has also become the first country to secure the registration of voters through the photo of the eyes. While Somalia has received billions of dollars in foreign aid, but has consistently failed to hold credible elections, Somaliland has shown that governments can succeed when they want to.
Rubin said that the politics of Somaliland is based on individuals. “Today’s Somaliland politics based on personalities is not the same as the war in Iraq based on resources. Instead, it reflects the consensus within the community on key issues surrounding the direction of the country.”
Finally, Somaliland’s presidential election, scheduled for November 13, 2022, has been delayed since the new Electoral Commission said they could hold it within 9 months, but the Senate made a special decision. , last week extended the President and his government for a period of 2 years, which was opposed by the opposition parties who said that they will not recognize the government after November 13, which is the end of the term of office of the president of Somaliland, Mr. Muse Bihi. Abdi