Ruling party's Bihi Abdi wins Somaliland presidential poll

Somaliland president elect Mr Muse Bihi Abdi. FILE | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

The electoral commission of the self-declared Republic of Somaliland Tuesday declared Mr Muse Bihi Abdi the country's president-elect.

Mr Abdi of the ruling Kulmiye party won the election that took place in the breakaway region on November 13.

He beat Mr Abdurahman Mohamed Irro and Mr Faysal Ali Warabe respectively of the opposition parties Wadani and UCID.

The electoral commission announced that Kulmiye party garnered 55.59 per cent of the votes, while Wadani got 40.73 per cent. UCID managed a paltry 4.17 per cent.

Celebrations

Soon after the announcement, Kulmiye party supporters erupted into celebrations in different parts of Somaliland.

However, Mr Irro said the election was marred by irregularities and that his party would not recognise the outcome.

“Children as young as seven years and even dead people voted on 13th of November,” said Mr Irro in a statement on Monday.

Once sworn in, Mr Abdi, 69, a former Airforce pilot, will become the fifth president of Somaliland, which declared independence from the rest of Somalia in May 1991.

Despite self-rule for over 27 years, Somaliland remains unrecognised by the international community.

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