An opposition candidate won the presidential vote held in the self-declared republic of Somaliland last weekend, election officials said Thursday.
Ahmed Mohamud Silanyo has said he hopes the presidential election will help win Somaliland international recognition. The National Electoral Commission of Somaliland declared Silanyo the winner with 49.6 percent of the vote.
The region’s outgoing president, Dahir Riyale Kahin, came in second out of three candidates. Kahin said he would honor a pre-vote pledge to accept the results even if he lost.
I don’t know whether this will bolster international support for Somaliland’s independence, but the relatively peaceful vote, and what looks likely to be a peaceful transfer of power, definitely redounds to the pseudo-state’s credit. Congratulations to the people of Somaliland.