The Somaliland opposition parties, UCID and Waddani, who had emerged victorious in the recent parliamentary and locals council elections have begun to assume control.

In Somaliland’s capital, Hargeysa, Messers Abdikarim Ahmed Mooge of Waddani is the new mayor, whilst in Borama and Ceergaabo, the opposition parties ascended to or maintained the mayorship.

In Burco, the two opposition parties have reached an agreement to enable a UCID councilor to take the office of Mayor.

Even though the ruling party, Kulmiye, and the administration have and are expending a lot of political capital, the situation is the same all across the country, from Sheikh to Oodweyne to Caynabo to Saylac, Somaliland’s opposition parties have taken or will take the mayoral races.

The control of local councils will play a crucial role in the next presidential elections scheduled for 2022.

The ruling party, Kulmiye, has managed to retain the mayorship of Berbera and Gabilay. It is also expected to retain Laas Anod.

Ali Mohamed Abokor