Somaliland opposition head wins presidential poll

Opposition leader Ahmed Mohamed Silanyo has won presidential elections in the breakaway Somali enclave of Somaliland.

Somaliland opposition head wins presidential poll

Opposition leader Ahmed Mohamed Silanyo has won presidential elections in the breakaway Somali enclave of Somaliland, as had been widely expected, electoral authorities said on Thursday.

The head of the opposition Tulmiye (Unity) party had 49.59 percent of all votes cast while President Dahir Rayale Kahin's party had 33.23 percent, the National Election Commission said.

The Justice and Welfare party was third with 17.18 percent of the vote and has conceded defeat.

There were 1.09 million registered voters in the region of 3.5 million people, and 538,000 valid votes were cast.

"This is an important election for the people of Somaliland. It is also one more step toward the democratisation of the country," Essa Yusuf Mohammed, NEC chairman, said in announcing the results.

"The election was free and fair as witnessed by the international observers and this is a step that will lead to the recognition of the country."

International observers said the election had been free and fair despite some irregularities, such as the ruling party using public funds, state media and vehicles for its campaign.


Reuters

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