Chaired by the President of the Republic of Somaliland H.E. Muse Bihi Abdi in the regular Thursday cabinet meeting, the cabinet ministers insisted on the stance that political associations elections should be held before the presidential elections as per the existing laws.
A statement released by the cabinet said that the council of ministers placed the presidential election previously slated for November 13 behind another to decide which three political parties will participate in the presidential.
“As is laid out by the law, existing political parties are waived of partaking in the first screening activities of political associations. The parties, however, will take part in the elections deciding what three political parties will receive certificates as political parties allowing them to run in the presidential election,” the statement said.
This meant that the existing parties, Kulmiye (ruling party), UCID and Waddani, have to fight for their current status as political parties with another 15 political associations that have successfully registered for the privilege.