Parliament approves the 2024 budget estimate


By M.A. Egge

The House of Representatives of the Republic of Somaliland on Monday approved the budget estimates for the year 2024. Various motions were also presented to the House of Representatives, some of which were approved and some of which were rejected.

The former Chairman of the Economic Committee of the Somaliland House of Representatives, Abdirashid Abdilahi Muse (Agawayne), read the 2024 annual budget estimates before the assembly.

He pointed out that the budget was the framework of the national duties, and noted that it can be discussed depending on the direction of the government within the year. It entails all the economic, political, development, security, priorities and plans of the government, in annual budget year.

Hon. Abdirashid also pointed out that the budget for the year 2024 does not have much difference with that of the previous year.

The budget committee, he said, had perused and had in depth delved upon the estimates hence has just tabled it for approval endorsement to the parliament.

With the first deputy Speaker of Somaliland’s House of Representatives, Hon. Syed Farah Mire (Giire) chairing, the ayes voted 41 to 8 of the nays.

The House of Representatives also approved the presentation of the motion of legal dispute between the company DP World and Al Waddania.

On the other hand, the House of Representatives rejected the motion submitted by the President of Somaliland, who wanted interdicted National Elections Commissioner Abdiaziz Hirsi Warsame impeached and voted out of office.

The MPs voted against the president’s proposal, with 39 members rejecting motion, against 9 who wanted the commissioner out of office.

With the re-endorsement of the commissioner, he is thus expected to resume his office.

A motion signed by 32 MPs was also presented to the council regarding the opening of the bylaws of the House of Representatives. , there were 9 members, 23 members agreed, failed to reach the one-third minimum (27 members) requirement.

The parliament has now gone to a two month recess.