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Faysal Ali Waraabe, who found the party and was its only presidential candidate since the party was established, refuted the committee’s demand.
On Sunday Somaliland’s security forces surrounded the headquarters of UCID in Hargeisa and refused to allow anyone from the party to enter until the disagreement is resolved. The security detained supporters of Faysal Ali Waraabe who tried to enter the office with force.
The decision to close headquarters and all the offices was signed by Supreme Court Chairman Yusuf Ismail Ali and three other judges and is meant to convince each side to come together and solve their disagreement.
Chairman Waraabe accused Parliament Speaker Abdirahman Mohamed (Cirro) of being behind the conflict. Weeks ago, Mr. Cirro asked the chairman to transfer the leadership of the party as Somaliland’s president and former Kulmiye party leader Ahmed Mohamed Siilaanyo did. Mr. Waraabe refused.
Police Commander Shot
Meanwhile, the commander of Somaliland police in Erigaabo, Jama Garma-qaate, was shot and killed in the city on Sunday by one of his own policemen who escaped, according to local media reports.
A large number of armed police were brought to city which is under curfew to search the murderer. Neither the local nor the central administration would comment about the murder.
This killing was unusual for the city which is relatively safe as compared with other Somaliland regions.