Somaliland: the Supreme Court contradicts previous decision and paves the way for extension of the President's term

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    Somaliland: the Supreme Court contradicts previous decision and paves the way for extension of the President's term

    Hargeisa-The Supreme Court today made a decision allowing the House of Elders (Guurti) to extend the president's term. The decision of the Supreme Court says it annulled provisions in earlier Court decision setting the date of the presidential e

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Hargeisa-The Supreme Court today made a decision allowing the House of Elders (Guurti) to extend the president's term. The decision of the Supreme Court says it annulled provisions in earlier Court decision setting the date of the presidential election as 28th March 2017.
In January this year, the three political parties and the president agreed to push back the presidential election scheduled on 28th March 2017. Citing a drought as the reason, the politicians proposed 10th October 2017 as the new date for the election.

On August 2015 the Supreme Court declared that the presidential election and House of Representatives election shall take place on 28th March 2017. Since then the Court issued contradictory verdicts invalidating this earlier decision to pave the way for extension of terms.


The Court today referred the House of Elders to extend the term of the incumbent Ahmed Mohamoud Silanyo who came in power in 2010 for five years term which expired July 2015. His tenure was extended twice since it lapsed.

The current postponement was condemned by the international partners who said in a statement in January "International partners to Somaliland express their strongest sympathies with the Somaliland people affected by the drought experienced at the moment across Somaliland. Donors have made and will continue to make significant contributions to address the humanitarian consequences of the drought and are following the situation closely and with great concern.”

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Mohamed J Ismail is a reporter for Somaliland Daily



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