The President of the Republic of Somaliland HE Muse Bihi Abdi met with the European Union and Swedish Ambassadors to Somalia in the Presidential Palace.

According to an official statement from the Somaliland Presidency, the meeting with Ambassador Nicolás Berlanga Martinez and Ambassador Staffan Tillander of Sweden was to increase cooperation of the European Union and Sweden with Somaliland government on the changing geopolitical landscape of the Horn of Africa.

The statement added that the upcoming parliamentary and local government elections in Somaliland were also discussed since both the EU and Sweden are supporting Somaliland in the democratization process.

One issue discussed at length between the President and the Ambassadors was the ongoing dispute related to the selection of the new members of the National Election Commission. This is according to sources who were briefed on the discussion between the President and the visiting Ambassadors.

Abdirashid Mohamoud Ali (Riyo-raac)

The latest dispute between the government and the opposition parties centers on Mr. Abdirashid Mohamoud Ali (Riyo-raac) as one of President Bihi’s three nominees to the next Election Commission. 

Mr. Ali known as Riyo-raac is a member of the Kulmiye party and has been a vocal supporter of President Bihi during the bitter elections of 2017.

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