MOGADISHU (HOL) – Outgoing Senate speaker Abdi Hashi has lashed out at Prime Minister Mohamed Roble accusing him of unilateral decisions in the management of the Somaliland electoral process.
A faction headed by Hashi said in a statement Tuesday Roble did not have authority over the conduct of senate and Lower House elections for Somaliland warning unless the issue is resolved, elections will not happen.
Hashi’s side was reacting to a communique from the National Consultative Council which brings together the PM and Federal Member State presidents. According to the Sunday decision by NCC, delegates for Somaliland will be chosen by ‘commonly agreed’ elders while the final list will be approved by the Office of the Prime Minister.
A similar process will be followed for the Banaadiri community. The PM’s approval of the list effectively locks out Hashi and Deputy PM Mahdi Guled both of whom have been fighting for the control of the Somaliland process.
The Council of Presidential Candidates (CPC) has also condemned the new electoral procedures noting the selection of delegates should only be reserved for the elders.
NCC had directed both the elders and civil society representatives to be involved in the process.
However, unconfirmed reports claim that the two sides resolved the matter during a dinner meeting between FMS leaders,PM and CPC members hosted by Galmudug president Ahmed Qoorqoor Monday night.
There was no communication on the matter.