Somaliland: Wrangling Within the Ruling Party Kulmiye Intensifies


Bihi vs Samale

Somalilandsun – Jostling for power within the ruling party KULMIYE pitting the incumbent chairman of the party Mr. Muse Bihi Abdi and the Minister of Finance Mr. Abdiaziz Mohammed Samale has intensified to a point the House of Elders/Senate Chairman Hon. Suleiman Mohamud Adan has been forced to intervene for the sake of party unity.

In a closed door meeting attended by the party bigwigs such as the Kulmiye party chairman Mr. Muse Bihi Abdi, Mr. Mohammed Kahin Ahmed, Mr. Said Ahmed Roble and the Finance Minister Abdiaziz Mohammed Samale the Guurti chairman’s objective was to bring the duo together so as to build consensus, which if not checked, may tear the party apart.

The Guurti chairman asked Mr. Muse Bihi Abdi to forego his presidential ambition until the KULMIYE party national delegates conference is held later this year. He also requested the national delegates conference organizing committee to remain as it is and asked the finance minister Mr. Abdiaziz Mohammed Samale to keep his docket at executive committee. Hon. Suleiman proposal’s was a bitter pill to swallow for the incumbent KULMIYE boss Musa Bihi Abdi who told the Guurti boss that he will consult his party top brass before he takes his second move.

Pundit say that the two politicians were bitterly jostling for the post of KULMIYE party chairmanship of which the incumbent was promised in a political memorandum of understanding between the current President H.E. Ahmed Mohammed Mohamud (Silanyo) and Mr. Muse Bihi that should Kulmiye party ascend to power he will be rewarded with the party chairmanship and hence become the flag bearer for party come 2015 presidential election.

However twist and turns of events have changed things to force the finance minister to throw his towels in the challenge ring.

Mr. Muse who had an earlier exception of a bed of roses climb to the party top post un-opposed but how wrong was he destiny in the in the political landscape can sometimes be unreliable.

The two politicians’ saga is keeping the announced national delegate’s conference at bay for the time being until the party sorts her house out.

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