The government responds to the international partners’ letter

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Govt engages in dialogue with all political stakeholders to advance the country’s democratic processes and pledges to uphold the spirit of Somaliland’s Constitution regarding the election of political parties.

The sentiments were contained in a press release issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation which read as follows;

Statement on Somaliland’s Presidential Election

The Republic of Somaliland has held one-person-one-vote elections with the participation of international observers for over twenty years. Somaliland’s democratic institutions are resilient, independent, and accountable and they serve as a model for others in the region and beyond.

In that spirit, we pledge to uphold the letter and spirit of Somaliland’s Constitution regarding the election of political parties and our subsequent obligation to hold elections in accordance with guidelines established by the National Electoral Commission (NEC). I also welcome the nearly unanimous decision by the Elders, Somaliland’s upper parliamentary chamber, to ensure the continuity of government as this process is undertaken.

My administration will work with Somaliland’s democratic institutions to ensure that the upcoming presidential election is held as expediently as possible, with guidelines established by the NEC.

We further commit to continue dialogue with all political stakeholders in the hope that we will come together as fellow citizens to advance our democratic processes and dispense with provocative rhetoric and actions that are meant to sow division.

We are confident that the people of Somaliland will work diligently to achieve the consensus necessary within the framework of our Constitution and rule of law to chart a clear path forward and preserve the highest standards of our democratic tradition.

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