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UDUB’s Illegal Actions Are Endangering The ‎Country

ISSUE 202
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Index

Headlines

Political Parties Accept Guurti's Offer To ‎Mediate Dispute Over Last Tuesday's ‎Election Of Opposition MP As House Speaker

Julie Morgan MP, Sponsors Motion On ‎Somaliland In The House Of Commons‎

A New Era Dawns In Somaliland

Shame On The President, Shame On UDUB ‎Party, And Shame On The Police Commissioner

Heavy Rains In North, Poor Season In South‎

A Response To The “.... Open Letter To His Excellency.. The President Of ‎Somaliland.. Regarding PSA Between The Government Of Somaliland And ‎‎‘Unknown’ Company Called REC For Exclusive Right To Conduct Petroleum ‎Operations In Somaliland ..." By Rova Energy Corporation Limited {REC}‎

TOPCAT MARINE SECURITY INC. OWNER PETER CASINI HAS A HISTORY OF BANKRUPCY IN NEW JERSEY – USA‎‎

Lack Of Coherent And Coordinated Foreign ‎Policy In Promoting Somaliland

Local & Regional Affairs

MIDROC Ethiopia To Import Goods Via Berbera

U.S. Builds Democracy With Foreign Help, Election ‎Monitor Says‎

SSI Exclusive Interview With Somalia PM Ali ‎Mohammed Gedi - Somaliland Is A Somalia Entity

IGAD Calls For The Lifting Of Arms Embargo ‎On Somalia‎

Displaced Settlement Fires In Somalia ‎Highlight The Need For Improved Services‎

UN Special Representative To Attend IGAD ‎First Ministerial Meeting Inside Somalia‎‎‎

Development Agencies Launch Distance Learning in Somalia‎

Mercenaries To Police Somali Coast

Editorial
Images of Tuesday the 29th of November 2005

International News

UNFPA Asks Donors To Increase Assistance ‎For Women In Conflict

Armed Raid On Somali Cafe

Veil Of Secrecy Lifted On Somali Community

Somalis Urged To Avert HIV/AIDS Epidemic

Survey Supports Ban On Drug Khat

Urban Life - Darcus Howe On Desperate ‎Somalis In Plumstead

FEATURES & COMMENTARY

The Observer Book Aid Appeal

Unreported World. Episode 3: Somalia

The Isaq Somali Diaspora And‎ Poll-Tax Agitation In Kenya, 1936-41 ‎(part 4)

City Lands Somali Book Collection

Notice Board

A SOMALI PLAGIARIST WRITER‎

Opinions

UDUB Should Accept New Leadership & Move On

The Big Bang Incident‎

The Presidency Of Somaliland & 2007‎‎

Somaliland Non-Governmental Organizations’ Double ‎Sword Phenomenon And Lack Of Government Oversight ‎

Principles Of Public Life Of Somaliland Members Of ‎The Parliament‎

The Merchants of Hate Struck Again‎


EDITORIAL

There are two possible ways to analyze what happened at the parliament’s inaugural session: (a) from a legal perspective and (b) from a political perspective.

First, the legal perspective: The one action that will probably have the greatest consequence, other than Mr. Dhaadeere’s declaration that the session was closed, was the fact that the opposition parliamentarians consulted a lawyer before deciding what to do. Granted, that lawyers can give the wrong advice, it turns out that in this case the advice that the parliamentarians got was legally sound. We are saying this based on confirmation from an independent lawyer who is thoroughly familiar with Somaliland ’s constitution. The two relevant questions are whether Mr. Dhaadhere had the right to close the meeting and whether the opposition had the right to continue the meeting. The answer to the first question is in article 45 (4) which says that postponement can only take place if approved by a majority of the present members. The answer to the second question is that opposition parliamentarians were within their right to continue the meeting since they had a quorum.

Second, from a political perspective, what happened was a severe blow to the hopes of Somalilanders who were expecting a solemn and happy occasion, not chaos and conflict.

A few villains stand out in this sordid drama: Mr. Dhaadhere who started these incendiary chain of events, the secretary of the Guurti Mr Abdillahi Habane who further inflamed it, the Minister of Information Abdillahi Dualle who said on BBC that there was a coup in Somaliland and who has been promoting an Mbagathi-type of political culture by dubbing Mr. Dhaadhere the “temporary chairman of parliament” in government media, the person who was behind the decision to send the police to parliament (some say the commander of the police acted on his own, others say the minister of interior was the one who gave the order, while still others point to the president himself), UDUB parliamentarians who walked out because they knew they would lose if voting took place, and of course President Rayale who approved such a strategy beforehand (there is strong indication that UDUB’s strategy was decided upon before they came to the meeting, from which it is only reasonable to conclude that President Rayale must have approved it, which means that President Rayale took part in a conspiracy to subvert the business of Somaliland’s parliament and potentially create chaos in the country.

Given the above-mentioned legal and political realities, UDUB has no viable options

but to accept the newly elected leaders of parliament. Any other attempt to play for time and elongate the duration of the parliamentary crisis would mean that UDUB is deliberately subverting a vital institution (parliament) for selfish political gains, and would require that legal proceedings should be started against their leadership beginning with the President and vice-President.

Since the opposition was smart enough and sensible enough to consult a lawyer before voting, they must now show the same respect for the decisions of Somaliland ’s courts, and should not meet until either the Supreme Court has decided on the legality of their parliamentary leadership, or an understanding has been reached with UDUB. Hopefully, it won’t take too long for one of these to occur. Mr. Cirro’s claim that the supreme court has no mandate to rule on the legality of his parliamentary leadership is just that: a baseless claim. The high court has the final word. Mr. Cirro is now in the spotlight and must show leadership, not baseless rhetoric. Neither UDUB nor the opposition is above the law.


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