The Horn Newspaper Staff writer
Last November a presidential election was held in Somaliland and president Musa Bihi Abdi was announced the victor. Many people then believed that the international community attention will be focused on Somaliland like the world attention was drawn to Somaliland in the 2010 presidential election. The global community acknowledged Somaliland prosperity and development milestone stridden without any outside help.
However the 2017 presidential campaign was so vicious that politicians were spewing venomous sentiments through the media this left a big rift amongst the populace.
Internal affairs policy
There are two challenges facing Somaliland internal political affairs at the moment; the El-Afweine conflict and the political divisions within the populace caused by the last election.
President Bihi inherited a dysfunction government system following a 7 year term of wanton mismanagement and corruption of president Silanyo regime. However a weightier challenge waiting president Bihi than the one left by president Silanyo; the division left by the presidential election.
The country is divided as ever the ruling party and the opposition supporters are still exchanging abusive sentiments through social media platform the likes of face book and twitter in the same manner as the electioneering period.
The El-Afwein civil war pitting the two brotherly clans has not yet been resolved, worse still it keeps recurring. The former administration of president Silanyo tried to quell the conflict without success.
The highest numbers of casualties in these recurring conflict poccured during president Bihi reign. Even though president Bihi on several occasions announced soothing words for the ears to hear through the media concerning the mediations between the two brotherly clans however his government has failed to come with a good strategic plan to go about in the mediation process.
Foreign Affairs Policy
President Bihi has not yet put forward his foreign policy agenda that is different from his predecessor Mr.Silanyo who was always criticized for a poor foreign policy lacking direction. The president has not come up with a news foreign agenda however there are many changes in the foreign affairs climate of the Horn of Africa region. The changes are enormous different from what president Bihi was expecting when he was campaigning for office and when he was sworn in to become the fifth president of Somaliland.
The Horn of Africa region is experiencing a political climate that is changing at a momentous speed this could also affect Somaliland’s foreign policy. These new problems facing the Horn of Africa region will force Somaliland to change the direction of her foreign policy by drafting a new foreign agenda.
The Tukaraq war is another thorn in the flesh issue that will affect the foreign policy of Somaliland. Many letters have been jotted by president Bihi to the UN concerning the Tukaraq fiasco. The president in the letters accused the UN special envoy to Somaliland and Somalia Mr. Michael Keating for complicity with Somalia regime to undermine Somaliland.
Economic Development Policy
Somaliland economic footing is not solid because of chain of events such as the suspension by the Saudi government of livestock import from Somaliland, endemic inflation and joblessness of the country youths. The country youths population is about 75% of the population this is according to Somaliland’s foreign minister Mr.Sa’ad Ali Shire. For the time being the Saudi government is expected to partially lift the ban on Somaliland livestock during the pilgrimage season, this however is not official from the Saudi government.
The drastic measures taken against telecommunication companies and banks to fight inflation have not yet borne fruit and inflation is skyrocketing by the day. Basic necessities in most Somaliland town have become expensive and out of reach of the common man on the street.
The president Musa Bihi Abdi took the mantle of leadership he was given counsel by Somaliland’s third President Mr.Dahir Rayale Kahin who advised him on many issues but the most important of all is that Mr.Bihi should hold the people in unity and promote tolerance of conflicting views. He asked president Bihi to consult widely mostly people with experience, but the final decision should rest in his hands.
Mr.President the country does not need flowery words that are sweet for the ears but needs those words changed into action and implemented.