SOMALILAND VICE PRESIDENT CALLS FOR TALKS WITH OPPOSITION PARTIES
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Hargeysa- SL ( somaliland Live Media) – The vice president of Somaliland, Abdirahman Abdiilahi Saylie has called the opposition parties to sit with the government for talks over the controversial extension term and the postponed elections in a press conference held in his office.
The vice’s call comes a day after Michael Cervone, the EU ambassador to Somaliland reportedly had a tense meeting with the president, the vice and two other ministers at Hargeisa presidential palace on Tuesday over the election postponement and the arrest of human rights activist, Guled Ahmed.
The allied oppositions consisting the two main opposition parties and the Madasha political pressure group have on their part discussed how they would approach the government in responding to the controversial extension term granted by the upper house of Guurti on Monday.
It is not clear why the president himself has not made the gesture and whether all opposition groups will include for the talks the vice president is calling for.
When asked vice president Saylie why now for talks with the oppositions when they have being calling for months the government to come to the table before its term end in June and the Guurti has not granted extension term they consider as illegal. The vice president said there were talks going on and attempts to reconcile before the Guurti has reached its decision and blamed Waddani party leaders for withdrawn the talks he said could lead agreement for elections to be held in next year.
The call for talks with oppositions by the Kulmiye government comes two days after the Guurti deliberated the decision postponing elections and quashing the date already set by the Somaliland National Electoral Commission, and Waddani party has called for mass protests.
Oppositions have not yet responded to the talks the vice president is calling for and it will probably be same time before both sides will negotiate the way out of the political the deadlock caused by the audacious Guurti has made on Monday.