SOMALIA: Voting Underway in Somaliland

Published: June 26, 2010

Presidential elections are under way in Somalia’s northern breakaway republic of Somaliland.
People lined up to vote hours before polls opened Saturday.
Somaliland’s current President Dahir Riyale Kahin faces two challengers, Ahmed Mohamed Silanyo of the Kulmiye Party and Faisal Ali Warabe of the UCID party.
The Islamist militant group al-Shabab has warned people in Somaliland to stay away from voting or, as the group said “face the consequences.”
The warning was delivered via the Internet and attributed to al-Shabab leader Ahmed Abdi Godane.
Saturday’s elections come after Somaliland declared its independence in 1991. While the region is more stable than the rest of Somalia, it is not recognized by the international community.
Source: VOA

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