Somaliland:Am Not Aware of Plans for Russian Military Base in Somaliland-FM


Somalilandsun: The government of Somaliland has denied that plans are afoot for establishment of a Russian Military Base in the western port town of Sayla.
This denial was made by the foreign minister Dr Saad Ali during an interview with Geeska Afrika, promoted by reports circulated by local English language news agencies.
According to the reports Russia and Somaliland have entered an agreement for the European power to establish the base that will host Air and naval forces at Sayla, in exchange for recognition of Somaliland as a sovereign nation among other benefits.
“While we have no qualms with the Russians the issue of a military base in our country has never been broached” said Dr Saad Ali adding that if it is ever raised then it shall receive relevant deliberation.
Stating that Somaliland welcomed friends from all parts of the world, the foreign minister said that any country wishing to partner this government shall be accorded necessary protocols though of most import shall be what benefit citizens accrue from such an enterprise
On the issue of the UAE having finally acceptable the Somaliland passport as a valid travel document to the gulf country, the FM revealed that final agreement on the same was reached during the recent official visit to the emirates by president Musa Behi Abdi
To this effect Said Dr Saad Ali Shire Citizens of Somaliland shall start utilizing their local passports for multifaceted visits to the emirates, “that is as soon as technicalities are completely.

It is Not Legally Binding for Musa Behi to Relinquish Kulmiye Party Leadership- MP Rayte

Immediately he assumed the Somaliland presidency in Mid 2010 former President Ahmed Mahmud Silanyo handed over the Kulmiye party chairmanship to his deputy Musa Behi Abdi.
That move facilitated the candidacy of Musa Behi on Kulmiye party ticket that led to his election as Somaliland president in November 2017.
That being so many people have been wondering on when the incumbent president shall like his predecessor, relinquish party Leadership to his deputy who happens to be the current interior minister.
But according to Member of Parliament Ibrahim Jama Rayte, Silanyo made the decision not based on legal basis thence it is only President Behi who has such prerogative.
Speaking to Eryal Tv MP Rayte Said “President Behi is not President Silanyo who took the decision to handover party leadership to his deputy, it is not a legal stipulation thence not binding to Behi”
Stressing that President Behi can still operate as ruling party chair simultaneously as head of state, the legislator said people should stop confusing personal decisions with legal stipulations.
As the debate over continued chairmanship of Behi at the party, all are acquiesced to facts that former president minister Mahmud Hashi Abdi is on the lobby trail towards ascending to the Kulmiye party chairmanship .