Hargeisa, 1 October 2009 (Somalilandpress) – Somaliland’s President Dahir Rayale Kahin and the leaders of the two opposition parties signed a Six Point Agreement with the presence of John Marshal from Great Britain and an Ethiopian delegate. By signing this agreement this should ease the tensions that has been rising in Somaliland in the last few weeks.
The agreement puts constraint on the current administration that it shall not ask for an extension in office, that election observers be allowed to return to Somaliland to finalize the voter registration and election be held once the voter registration is completed by the experts.
Also present at the signing as observers were the heads of the parliament and house of elders Mr. Abdirahman Irro and Suleiman Aden. Mr. Suleiman played a major role in bring all parties together to sign this agreement.
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“I was hopping that we could have resolved this issue on our own rather than getting foreigners’ involved in our affairs”. Said President Rayaale during the event. He also gave an acknowledgment to all the people that made this agreement to be signed.
The leader of KULMIYE party, Mr. Ahmed Mohamed Mohamoud (Siilaanyo) said he is happy that an agreement has been finally reached. He called the government to release those who were arrested during the last demonstrations in Hargeisa.
The Leader of UCID party, Eng. Faisal Ali Warabe thanked all the participants and those who participated in bringing all the sides together.
The sigining of this agreement is a historic achievement for Somaliland as chaos has been feared in the last few months due to the political crisis in the country. The international community have been engaged in this agreement for the first time in Somaliland’s history. In the coming months, Somaliland will enter a new phase where people will follow closely the implementation of those agreement points.
Here is an audio of the three political leaders right after the agreement was signed: