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Somaliland President downplays rebel threat, assures peaceful elections

Sunday July 30, 2023

Hargeisa (HOL) - Somaliland President Muse Bihi Abdi addressed concerns about the emergence of anti-government rebels in Ga'an Libax Mountain during a forum on Sunday. He downplayed the threat posed by the rebels, stating that the people of Somaliland were not interested in engaging in conflict.

President Bihi emphasized that the militias' portrayal as a significant threat on social media is exaggerated. He attributed their actions to typical political rivalries that often arise during elections, reassuring the public that the situation is not as dire as reported.

"I believe there will be no major problems," President Bihi affirmed confidently. "The people are committed to peace, and there is no readiness for internal fighting."

During the forum, the President also directed his words to officials from opposition parties, offering assurance that their dissent would not be met with government repression.

Bihi further addressed the long-awaited election, confirming its imminent occurrence without specifying a precise date.

However, the rebel group's spokesman, Ahmed Ali Haybe, claimed that the militia's recent activity in the mountains was in response to President Bihi's use of force against the opposition. Last Wednesday, the rebels kidnapped eight military officers and elders in the Gode-weyn district but released them after several hours.


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