Somaliland opposition threatens to form interim govt, president bans protests


HARGEISA (Somaliguardian) – Somaliland opposition leaders said on Thursday they would engage in consultation with the break-away region’s political stakeholders to form an interim government after more than 6 people had been killed in protests.

Speaking to reporters, the leader of Ucid opposition party Faysal Ali Warabe said they were planning to announce an interim government on Saturday, citing the government’s failure to leade the region towards a peaceful presidential vote.

In a separate press conference, the leader of Waddani Party Abdirahman Irro vowed that the opposition would take action to restore the region’s civilian authority and accused the incumbent president of authoritarianism.

At least six people were killed on Thursday and more than 100 wounded in protests aimed at demanding timely presidential election amid a heated disputed between the opposition and the ruling party over the conduct of an election slated for Nov. 13. read more

In a video broadcast shortly before midnight on Thursday, Somaliland President Muse Bihi Abdi banned opposition protests and ordered security forces to crush any attempt aimed at holding anti-government rallies. He blamed the opposition for the deaths and injuries inflicted during the demonstrations.

Bihi argued that Somaliland’s democracy could not follow the footsteps of non-Muslim countries and that no one will be allowed to take the law into their hands.

Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud and his Prime Minister called on Somaliland leaders to resolve their differences peacefully before a foreign interference comes into play in a region known for its 30-year-long stability.

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