Somaliland President Muse Bihi Abdi and the chairman of the Waddani Party, Abdulrahman Mohamed Abdillahi Irro, discussed the upcoming elections, focusing on ensuring peaceful competition and defending the existence of the breakaway Somaliland region.

The former President of Somaliland, Dahir Riyale Kaahin, organized Wednesday’s meeting, which also addressed the political discord between the opposition Waddani Party and President Bihi, who also leads the ruling party of Somaliland.

According to a press release from the presidential office, both parties agreed to unite against threats to Somaliland, emphasizing the importance of conducting the election campaign peacefully and accepting the election results. They also decided to hold further meetings within the next three days to discuss these implementation points further.

President Muse Bihi expressed gratitude to former President Dahir Rayale Kaahin for facilitating the meeting and promoting the common interests of Somaliland.

Two weeks before the meeting, President Bihi signed two amended electoral laws: the Electoral and Voter Registration Law (number 91/2023) and the Regulation of Organizations and Political Parties Law (number 14/2023). Following this, the chairman of Somaliland’s National Electoral Commission (SLNEC) informed local media that the commission is fully prepared for the dual elections scheduled for November 13, 2024.