Monday, May 26, 2003

Opposition party rejects Kahin as Somaliland president

NAIROBI, 26 MAY 2003 (IRIN) - The main opposition party in the self-declared republic of Somaliland says it does not recognise the legitimacy of President Dahir Riyale Kahin, according to a statement issued by the party on Sunday.

A senior official of the Kulmiye (Solidarity) party told IRIN that it was prepared to talk to the ruling party, the Unity of Democrats Party (UDUB), "so long as they are not claiming to be the winners" of last month's elections.

Kahin of the UDUB, who had been the incumbent president, was confirmed as the winner of last month's disputed presidential election by the Somaliland High Court.

Kulmiye's presidential candidate, Ahmad Muhammad Silanyo - Kahin's main challenger, told IRIN at the time that his party "categorically rejected" the results of the 14 April election.MORE

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