HARGEISA – Somaliland’s main opposition party has reportedly split into two factions after failing to take a united stance on the Gulf diplomatic crisis.
Almost immediately after the announcement, Waddani’s Presidential Candidate, Abdirahman Mohamed Abdullahi, traveled to Turkey, according to local reports.
Irro did not publicize the trip, which has many Somalilanders questioning his motives. Turkey has sided with Qatar on the issue and is eager on forming an alliance to counter the Saudi-led coalition.
Neighboring Somalia is said to be part of the alliance. Somalia refused to cut ties with Qatar last week, after being pressured by Saudi officials.
Abdi Haybe, a senior Waddani official, and a veteran Somalilander politician, denounced the government’s decision earlier this week. Haybe argued that Somaliland ‘shouldn’t take any side’ during the dispute – the stance that neighboring Somalia took earlier this month. Haybe is said to have very close ties with Waddani’s Presidential Candidate and the faction supporting an alliance with Turkey and Qatar.
Waddani’s ‘Transitional Chairman’, Abdiqadir Jirdeh, released his own statement this week, stating that his party has full confidence in H.E President Ahmed Mohamed Mohamoud Silanyo’s leadership and will leave the decision with him.
Party insiders say half of Waddani’s leadership supports forging an alliance with Qatar, Turkey, and Somalia. The other half reportedly supports the Government’s decision.
Stay tuned for more on this developing story.