Two opposition parties in Somalia’s breakaway region announce political alliance, securing parliamentary majority.
Two opposition parties in Somalia’s breakaway Somaliland region have won a majority of seats in the region’s first parliamentary election in 16 years, according to the National Electoral Commission.
Out of parliament’s 82 seats, the Somaliland National Party, called Waddani, won 31 and the Justice and Welfare Party (UCID), won 21 seats. The ruling Peace, Unity and Development Party, Kulmiye, secured 30 seats, the electoral commission said on Sunday.
The vote had been stalled for a decade by a dispute among the three major parties over the makeup of the electoral commission, which was finally resolved.