Muse Bihi

By Mahmoud Qodah

Hargeisa (Somaliland Monitor) – Chairman and Presidential Candidate of Ruling Party, KULMIYE stands beside government’s recent moves of attracting foreign investment, as he praised President Silanyo led government for its tireless efforts of determining to move the country economically into another level.

“KULMIYE is standing beside the leader and the founder of this party who is the Head of State of this country. We are supporting the development projects run by the government, including the military base in the port of Berbera which will be set up by the United Arab Emirates (UAE), though this issue has caused an uproar among many people,”

KULMIYE Presidential Candidate also expressed that President Ahmed Silanyo, prior submitting that agreement to the Joint House of Somaliland Parliament, had the constitutional rights and powers to sign unilateral agreement with UAE, but he chose otherwise, and brought the important summary of the terms of the agreement to the Parliament for approval. He added that the President has done this, for that he prefers it to be the good interests of his nation and people.

“President’s move in submitting the summary terms of the contract to the Parliament and request for approval even before he had not signed the agreement with any government or party is an unprecedented and unique move, as we have not seen such move before. Because the fact is that he had the constitutional rights and powers to do so.”

On the other side, Mr. Behi described Chairman of House of Representative’s walk-out of Saturday’s joint of Parliament Session – where 144 legislators have approved an agreement which will allow United Arab Emirates (UAE) to set up a military base in Berbera port – as undemocratic and unconstitutional which is against governmental protocol.

KULMIYE Chairman also puts question mark on the logic of opposition party’s obstruction, as the majority of both houses of parliament voted in favour of the agreement that Somaliland government allowed UAE to set up a military base in Berbera port.

“Anyone who didn’t accept the decision unanimously reached by 144 legislators in a joint session of parliament will be deemed as someone who is against the rules and regulations as well as the development of this state.”

Somaliland President Ahmed Mohamed Silanyo in his annual address to a joint session of parliament, he said the UAE military base in the port of Berbera would help create jobs and boast infrastructure and particularly that UAE in return will fund the long time waiting project, ‘Berbera corridor’ which will be between the port city and border city of Tog-wajaale. The distance is 250 km and will almost cost 250 million dollar.

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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