Somaliland leader wins poll
BBC, 19 APRIL 2003--Results from presidential elections in the self-proclaimed state of Somaliland - the first since it broke away from Somalia 12 years ago - show a narrow win for the current leader, Dahir Riyale Kahin.
The National Electoral Commission announced on Saturday that Mr Kahin had defeated his closest rival, Ahmed Mohamed Silanyo, by just 80 votes. The third candidate was Faisal Ali Warabe.
Commission chairman, Ahmad Haji Ali Adami, urged the losing parties to accept the result.
"There is no other asset that Somaliland can rely on than peace and, as such, I would like every candidate, whether defeated or not, to respect the result of the elections," he said.
But it is not clear whether Mr Silanyo will accept the result. MORE