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Joe Biden arrives in Kenya to discuss Somaliland elections

Joe Biden arrives in Kenya to discuss Somaliland elections

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NAIROBI (Somalilandpress) — United States Vice President, Joe Biden arrived in the Kenyan capital on Monday evening to start his three-day official to the East African nation.

Mr Biden and his delegation, which included his family were received at the Jomo Kenyatta Airport by the Kenyan Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka and US Ambassador to Kenya Michael E. Ranneberger, shortly after 8:00 pm local east African time.

The Vice President is expected to hold talks with President Mwai Kibaki and Prime Minister Raila Odinga on regional affairs as well as Kenya-U.S. relations. Some of the issues the three leaders will discuss include the new proposed Kenyan constitution that will adopted if it passes the referendum vote on August 4th.

The new democratic constitution calls for less executive powers for the president, improving courts and the law enforcing bodies as well as bringing the perpetrators of the election violence that rocked the country in December 2007 to justice. The deadly violence left more than 1500 Kenyans dead.

Other issues include economic trade ties between Kenya and the United States, security, stability in neighbouring Somalia and the elections in Somaliland. The U.S. is one of the forerunners of the main financiers of the elections in Somaliland.

A number of senior Kenyan politicians support Somaliland’s pursue of international recognition and there are reports the Kenyan parliament is waiting for a motion calling on the recognition of Somaliland. However a number of leaders including the foreign minister Moses Wetangula and President Mwai Kibaki are opposed to the proposal while Prime Minister Raila Odinga supports the motion.

Mr Biden is also scheduled to address the Kenyan parliament, meet with Southern Sudanese President Salva Kiir and speak with members of Kenya’s Somali population about Somalia’s peace development.

Photo: United States Vice President Joe Biden arrives in Jomo Kenyatta Airport, in Nairobi, Kenya, Monday, June 7, 2010. (AP Photo/ Sayyid Azim)

Somalilandpress | Tuesday, June 8, 2010

SOMALILAND: President rejects France’s prisoner exchange request

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HARGEISA (Somalilandpress) — President Dahir Rayale Kahin has rejected a French government request to exchange prisoners after his return from Paris, Somalilandpress has learned.

The president issued a press statement on May 24 inciting that he was put under pressure to “release terrorists detained in our Somaliland Jails” during his last visit to Europe. The president is believed to be referring to his May trip to the French capital where he met with French Foreign Minister and European Affairs, Mr Bernard Kouchner in his office at Quai d’Orsay. Continue reading

SOMALILAND: President approves election date

SOMALILAND ELECTIONHARGEISA (Somalilandpress) — Somaliland President Dahir Rayale issued a decree today [Saturday 15th] saying presidential elections will be held on June 26, 2010, approving the proposed date by the NEC.

Mr Rayale said he accepted the National Electoral Commission’s decision, just a day after the independent seven-member body called for the June date.

Presidential elections have been delayed tree times since early 2008 due to technical problems and registration fraud including widespread multiple registration. Since then the entire NEC members have been replaced, who since fixed the voter registration list and determined the number of legitimate voters. They also issued new biometric cards that can be used as voter cards and national ID cards.

As well as going to the polling stations, Somaliland will celebrate 26 June to mark 50 years of independence from Great Britain.

Somaliland has also stepped up security ahead of the election as elements of Somalia’s Islamists and tribal militants based in Puntland threaten to disrupt the democratic process in the region.

A report Somalilandpress has obtained said the Northern Somalia Unionist Movement (NSUM) was trying to instigate violence in the disputed Sool region with the backing of Somalia’s Islamist insurgents. It added, it had so far gathered at least 600 militants near the Somaliland-Puntland border. Continue reading

Somaliland to get Africa’s fastest internet up to 150 MB

Written by Qarannews

May 09, 2010 at 01:44 PM
The following is a press release by Leadinspiration, a British-American software and telecommunication company whose been awarded with 4G and Long Term Evolution (LTE) licenses to develop for East Africa. The press release comes days after when Somaliland’s Minister of Post and Telecommunication, Mr. Ali Sandule arrived in Dubai after signing a major telecommunication deal with a European company in Djibouti. According to another report, Ethiopia will also be connected to the fast broadband via Somaliland. Continue reading

Somaliland FM invited to a diplomatic conference

HARGEISA (Somalilandpress) — Romanian Ambassador to Ethiopia, Gabriel Branzaru, has organised a regional Diplomatic Conference and invited Somaliland’s Foreign Minister, Mr. Abdullahi Mohamed Dualeh as a guest speaker on Thursday – consulate press release.

The aim of the conference was to promote a concrete and fruitful discussion on a number of issues concerning the region, in particular Somaliland, including security, democracy and development. Continue reading