Sulaiman Mohamoud Aden
Chairman of Upper House of Parliament (Elders) Sulaiman Mohamoud Aden

Chairman urges people to detach all negative tribal related attitudes, as he dismissed the possibility of another term extension for president Silanyo.

By Mahmoud Qodah

Hargeisa (Somaliland Monitor) – Saleban Mahmoud Aden, Somaliland’s Chairman of Upper House of Parliament (Elders) in his return from abroad , talked to the media, as he spoke issues pertaining to the worsening drought condition in the country, the impact of the increasing inflation, tribalism, the motion ostensibly to be brought by neighbouring Somalia Parliamentarians against Somaliland’s recent agreement on establishing a military base in the port city of Berbera with United Arab Emirates (UAE), as well as rumours regarding that some members from his house are searching ‘the third term extension’ for President Silanyo led government.

Mr. Saleban described the motion reportedly planned by Somalia MPs’ with the aim to interrupt the recently signed agreement between Somaliland and UAE on establishing a military base in Berbera port city as a nonsense move, and a one which is clearly telling how they (Somalia) are envious when it comes to Somaliland’s development. The Chairman added that there is nothing that neighbouring Somalia can do in order to discontinue Berbera from having a military base or other development related projects, as this old traditional port is beyond their control.

“Their move is unacceptable, as Berbera port doesn’t belong to them (Somalia), but it belongs to Somaliland, as such no one else can have a say over it, except Somaliland. And now the fact is that Somaliland is united, as it accepted to reach an agreement with the UAE on the military base establishment.”

Speaking about the causes of the increasing inflation and the rise of food price as well as the severe condition of drought which hit the people of Somaliland hard, the Chairman of the House of Elders noted that the worsening drought condition which almost affected severely throughout Somaliland, as well as the recently imposed suspension of our livestock from entering to the gulf markets by the Saudi Arabia government to be the two main issues that caused the current inflation, as well as the increased rate of the foreign currency which definitely resulted the disvalued of the local Somaliland Shillings.

“I am calling for all Somaliland people to keep supporting for weaker families who are suffering after hit hard by the worsening drought condition in the country. This drought is the worst that we (Somaliland) have ever come across. I am also praying for Allah to give his mercy for those severely affected by drought,” Mr. Aden likewise urged for people in Somaliland to take their brothers, and sisters in abroad (Diaspora) as example and to be as more united as them by keeping off all the disasters resulted by clannism and to also detach all negative tribal related attitudes among them.

Finally Mr. Chairman dismissed the possibility of the existence of rumors telling that some members from his house are searching another ‘term extension’ for President Silanyo’s led government for the third time, as he declares that Somaliland is expecting to see elections to take place in the country in the coming November of this year.

“In November, we all need to get ready for presidential election,’ Saleban Mohamud Aden concluded.

Mohamoud Qodah is the Co-editor-in-chief of Somaliland Monitor. He also serves as the assistant editor of the Republican English weekly newspaper published by Jamhuuriya media Group.

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