HARGEISA (Somalilandpress) — Somaliland presidential candidate, Ahmed Silanyo, who is currently in Ethiopia after a successful trip to the United States is expected to return to Hargeisa today on board a private jet.
Mr Ahmed Mohamoud Silanyo, the leader of Kulmiye party, is currently in Addis Ababa after returning from the United States, where he met with number of American officials from State Department, Congress, aid agencies and lobby groups.
The supporters of the ruling party, UDUB, are also expected to demonstrate against Mr Silanyo upon his arrival. Some of the government officials accused Mr Silanyo of being part of the pro-Somalia camp.
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Mr Silanyo, who was to fly back to Hargeisa today on a Daallo commercial airliner is believed to be boarding a private plane supplied by the Ethiopian government and the American Embassy in Addis Ababa according to sources close to the Kulmiye leader.
This is the first time a Somaliland leader was supplied with his own private jet, president Rayale traveled to Ethiopia on number of occasions and never received a private plane.
While in the Ethiopian capital, Mr Silanyo met with senior officials from the British and American embassies and Ethiopian officials.
Mr Silanyo accompanied by his wife, Amina Waris, is expected to arrive in Hargeisa in the next few hours and thousands of his supporters are currently at Egal International airport waiting to welcome him.
Somalilandpress, 31 January 2010