Somaliland Dispute Resolution is my #1 Priority, Says Somalia Presidential Hopeful

Somaliland Dispute Resolution is my #1 Priority, Says Somalia Presidential Hopeful
Somalia presidential candidate 2022 Dahir Mahmud Gelle

Somalilandsun: As the race to occupy the presidency in Somalia gears up , the 39 candidates are divulging their manifestos.

According to candidate  Dahir Mohamud Guelleh, his political agenda will see his administration embark on conclusive resolution of the 31 years running dispute between Somaliland and Somalia.

The two countries which were United in 1960 and later parted ways after a protracted civil war are still in a standoff with Somalia continuing to claim jurisdictional authority over Somaliland.

Speaking at Garowe Online Twitter Space, where he outlined his political agenda if he wins the presidency of Somalia on Sunday, May 15, 2022, presidential candidate Dahir Guelleh said that past Somalia federal governments have entered into fruitless talks with Somaliland.

“If I win the presidency I will prioritise a creation of a conducive talks atmosphere thus accelerate a conclusive resolution  to the decades old political dispute  between Hargeisa and Mogadishu authorities. Said the former Somalia information minister

On matters internal he  made it clear that he shall focus on the Somali security forces’ regulatory framework, which needs to be overhauled so that the Somali people and government can pay their salaries as international aid is not available every day

Nomination of Prime Minister

Asked how he would select a new prime minister if he took office, presidential candidate Dahir Guelleh said he had no plans to select a “yes” prime minister.

He said he was not ready to nominate a caretaker Prime Minister and would instead do the work allowed by the constitution.

Dahir said he had witnessed the tragedy in Somalia so he would vacate the office in praise of his good work.

Building a national army

Presidential candidate Amb Dahir Geele spoke about what he will do in terms of security and building a national army if he takes over the presidency of Somalia and said that one of the issues he will focus on is his political agenda to break the dependence on foreign troops.

Foreign Affairs

Ambassador Dahir Geele emphasized the importance of foreign policy and international relations in the national interest of Somalia.

Guelleh said the decisions to be made will be multi-faceted so as not to miss out on the opportunity for Somali government.

Dahir Mohamud Guelleh, a two-time minister and ambassador, is one of more than 30 candidates who have so far been awarded certificates to run for the presidency of Somalia.

The elections slated for the 15th of this month have attracted a record 39 aspirants that include one woman.  HERE