Friday, December 21, 2012

Somaliland: The Mayor Election In Zeila Shrouded In Controversy

Somaliland: The Mayor Election In Zeila Shrouded In Controversy

Zeila- The attempt to elect a new mayor in Zeila has hit a major block as the two predominant communities in the town haggle over the seat.

The newly elected local council is split between the Isse and Gadarbursi communities. In unilateral move the councillors from one community meeting to elect a mayor from their community. This move was rejected by the councillors from the other councillors from the other community.

The matter is at a stalemate and has led to friction between the President Ahmed Mohamed Mohamud "Siilaanyo" and his Vice-President Abdirahman Abdillahi Ismail "Saylici" in an attempt to resolve this delicate matter.

Traditional the mayor of Zeila tended to come from the majority Isse community. However, it has been known that the most talented, effective and respected member of either community to hold the office of mayor.

The recently concluded local council elections have spawned a myriad of conflicts and disputes based on community affiliation, something a lot of Somalilanders had hoped was from the past.

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