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Somaliland parliament speaker resigns to vie for presidency

Somaliland parliament speaker resigns to vie for presidency

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<h3>Speaker of parliament for self-declared state of Somaliland has resigned on Wednesday to vie for the presidency ahead of the autonomous region’s election in November.</h3> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr"><span class="caps">BREAKING</span>: <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Somaliland?src=hash">#Somaliland</a>: Speaker of the Parliament Resigns from his position</p>— Khadar Nouh (@Kadarnouh) <a href="https://twitter.com/Kadarnouh/status/892646795536465920">August 2, 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>Abdirahman Abdullahi Irro announced his resignation in the house of parliament where has served as a speaker for more than a decade, local media report.</p> <p>“As you know, I am Wadani Party candidate for the presidency so I would like to give my campaign time,” he said with reference to the party he formed in 2015.</p> <p>There are only three recognised political parties in the break away region including the Wadani Party.</p> <p>The general elections were scheduled to be held in March this year but was postponed due to the drought condition in the region.</p> <p>Incumbent President Ahmed Mohamed Silanyo says he will not be running for a second term. he has served for seven years and will leave office on December 13, 2017.</p> <p>Although not recognised as a sovereign state, Somaliland declared its independence from Somalia on May 18, 1991.</p> <p>Somaliland, with a population of about 4 million, can boast of an army, its own currency and legal system and is appreciated for holding credible elections.</p> <p>The territory has been experiencing stability and economic prosperity and has been influential in the fight against piracy and terrorism in the horn of Africa.</p> <p>The territory had been under pressure to hold talks with Somalia which have so far been futile.</p> <p>25 years of diplomatic isolation has made it difficult for Somaliland to have access to loans from the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund.</p>

As you know, I am Wadani Party candidate for the presidency so I would like to give my campaign time.