HARGEISA – Somaliland’s ruling party, Kulmiye, on Sunday issued a press release regarding a recent dispute between Kulmiye Party supporters based in North America.
Kulmiye secretary-general, Hassan Said Yusuf, declared in the press release that the party solely recognizes Mustafa Abdi Artan, as the official Chairman of Kulmiye’s North America branch.
Yusuf also called on Kulmiye supporters in North America to refrain from holding local conventions and leadership elections before November’s Presidential Election and to focus on campaigning and raising funds.
The dispute started a month ago, after Artan established an Elder’s Committee – also known as ‘musdambeed’ – for the North America branch in an effort to welcome new Kulmiye supporters who previously held senior positions within Waddani and UCID’s North America branches.
A group of Kulmiye party supporters in Toronto, Canada objected the move and began to launch personal attacks and campaigns against Artan to have him removed from the post, which prompted the party’s headquarters to reannounce their full confidence in Artan.
Somaliland’s diaspora plays a prominent role in the politics of the country, which is why Somaliland’s three political parties have branches all over the world. Each party relies heavily on funding from party supporters in the diaspora. Many of Somaliland’s current cabinet ministers and senior government officials hail from the diaspora, and have held previous posts within Kulmiye’s branches in the diaspora.