HARGEISA – Somaliland’s main opposition party is teaming up with Somalia’s UK Embassy to organize a demonstration against the Somaliland-UAE military base deal.
The demonstration is scheduled to take place on Thursday, March 2nd outside the United Arab Emirate’s embassy in London.[irp posts=”1311″ name=”10 important things you need to know about the Somaliland-UAE military base deal”]
According to reports, Waddani leader Abdirahman Irro, and senior of Waddani officials originally planned to organize a small demonstration of Waddani supporters outside the UAE embassy, before being contacted by officials at Somalia’s UK embassy.
After agreeing to team up with the embassy, a flyer of the demonstration with the Somalia flag started to circulate on social media – infuriating many Somalilanders.
Waddani has often been accused of secretly having pro-unity views and ties to politicians from Somalia, but this is the first time the party has openly displayed an alliance with the Government of Somalia.[irp posts=”1345″ name=”Waddani party leader cites Somalia’s President as a positive example”]
Despite public outrage on social media, Waddani’s leadership has yet to speak about their cooperation with Somalia’s UK Embassy.[irp posts=”1694″ name=”Somalia begs Saudi Arabia to stop Somaliland-UAE military base deal”]
Many Somalilanders on social media are calling on Abdirahman Irro and senior Waddani officials to resign and for both houses of Somaliland’s parliament to initiate a treason investigation.[irp posts=”1388″ name=”Sources: Waddani officials asked Somalia to condemn UAE military base deal”]
*Close sources to The National are also stating that the organizers of the UK protest – who are senior members of Waddani’s UK branch – have been banned from entering the UAE and the Republic of Somaliland.
It is also being reported that a counter-demonstration is currently being organized by supporters of the military base at the same location for March 2nd.
This is a developing story. Please check back at The National for more.
* The National can confirm that the insider sources who have provided us with this information are trusted sources.