So­ma­liland’s elec­tion re­sults

Austin American-Statesman - - FRIDAYBRIEFING -

In the com­par­a­tively peace­ful, break­away re­gion of So­ma­liland, elec­tion of­fi­cials an­nounced Thurs­day that an op­po­si­tion can­di­date won the pres­i­den­tial vote held in the self-de­clared re­pub­lic last week­end.

The Na­tional Elec­toral Com­mis­sion of So­ma­liland de­clared Ahmed Mo­hamud Si­lanyo the win­ner with 49.6 per­cent of the vote. Si­lanyo has said he hopes the elec­tion will help win So­ma­liland in­ter­na­tional recog­ni­tion.

So­ma­liland de­clared its in­de­pen­dence from So­ma­lia in 1991 and has been a haven of rel­a­tive peace and sta­bil­ity in north­west So­ma­lia as the rest of So­ma­lia has de­gen­er­ated into chaos and an­ar­chy.

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