HARGEISA – Abdullahi Mohamed Dualeh, who served as Somaliland’s Foreign Minister under President Dahir Riyale Kahin from 2006-2010, announced his support for the ruling party, Kulmiye, at a campaign event in Borama on October 28th.
Dualeh, who was a member of the now-defunct UDUB party, which were bitter rivals with Kulmiye from 2002-2010, said last week, that he joined Kulmiye because he truly believes the party’s leadership will protect Somaliland’s nationhood.
Dualeh also stated during his speech that men who were against Somaliland’s independence, now have leading role in Somaliland’s political parties.
Dualeh didn’t name the individuals or the parties, but it is widely believed that he is referring to the main opposition party, Waddani.
“The men who used to say Somaliland doesn’t exist have are now playing a back seat role in the leadership of one of our political parties. As for Kulmiye, however, I cant trust these men with our nation,” Dualeh said.
Dualeh did not only serve in Kahin’s government, but also in the governments of the President Egal and President Tuur,
After Dahir Riyale Kahin lost Somaliland’s 2010 presidential election to incumbent President, H.E Ahmed Mohamed Mohamoud Silanyo, Dualeh left the country and took up a advisor position in Jubba, South Sudan.
Dualeh’s support for Kulmiye is expected to bring more votes for Kulmiye, particularly, in his home region of Sanaag, where he currently has a strong base of political supporters.
Sources close to The National are also reporting that, Dualeh could return to the Foreign Minister slot or could be given another important portfolio, if Kulmiye candidate, Musa Bihi Abdi wins the presidential elections on November 13th.
This is a developing story. Please check back at The National for more.