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A House of Elder Politician is fighting for his Political Survival

Hargeisa (The Horn) A member of the Upper House of Representative also known as Guurti has been lobbying intensively to save his political life which is at the crossroads. The politician who doubles as a traditional leader is known as Sultan Ismael Sultan Abdirahman. He was recently barred from attending House business and now some of his colleagues are plotting to remove him from the payroll altogether. They plan to bring a motion of no confidence.

What is his crime? He participated in a Somali traditional coronation ceremony held in a small hamlet called Armo situated in the Puntland administered region of Somalia Federation. However the clique that was engineering his downfall failed to gather quorum.

Even though the Sultan Ismael has not spoken to the press, however reliable sources close to him, informed the Horn Newspaper that the politician is fighting tooth and nail to save his political life and down fall. Our source revealed that he has the backing of most members of the Guurti or House of Elders, although a clique close to the realms of power is fighting to remove him.

If their clandestine plot to remove Sultan Ismael succeeds, he will lose his parliamentary immunity and hence the wolves pack will devour him. He risks being prosecuted the way his colleague King Osman Aw Mohamud Burmadow was jailed for five years by a Hargeisa regional court.

On the other hand, if Sultan Ismael succeeds to retain the seat it will be a slap on the face to his adversaries in the Guurti and those outside.

Somaliland citizens are paying a close attention to this fiasco unfolding before their eyes to see when and where then dust will settle.


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