You're right in some absects but you need to be corrected.
RebelLion1 wrote:The realities on the ground is there is no real democracy in somaliland, what you have is close to dictatorship with one one man, with the backings of the powerful hargeisa clans able to stay in office for close to seven years. At least in puntland, they know about the concept of peacefull transfer of power.
Lets focus on your democracy statement, you are absolutely correct about that. The democracy they've been aiming to achieve has been misused by certain individuals, but this is an African state and the idea of democracy is a new system it will take time to brush up on it's mistakes.
As for your backing of powerfull clans in Hargeisa statement, the election in 2003 which was rigged at the last moment when UDUB was loosing, Hargeisa ended up being a majority Kulmiye city with more votes than the total of Burco this proves your claim other wise. The reason his term got extended this year was not because of the clans from Hargeisa per se, it was because of bribes and the payment certain members of the Guurti have recieved but there support for the extension doesn't reflect the allegiance of their clans to Riyaale and UDUB.
In fact, very recently the same clan that has given him the extension have had their subclan elders in Hargeisa showcasing their support for Kulmiye.
The only reason Riyaale has been able to stay in Power in 2003 was because of Silaanyo conceeding defeat although he has been declared the winner before the mysterious number of extra votes that appeared. Because of the fact that this was a fairly new state and the first 'democratic' election he put the safety and prosperity of the people above his and his parties aspiration. Scuffles broke out again across the country on a minor scale that could very well have ended in a different story.
Puntland has seen a peacefull transition of power between Cadde and Faroole but don't forget what happened between A,.Yusuf and Cadde Muuse, he sought refuge with Boqor Buurmadoow, a HJ suldaan in Somaliland. He was welcomed in Hargeisa. You can't compare the political landscape in Somaliland with that in Puntland, Somaliland's politics is way more sophisticated and involves various clans that have had to overcome hurdles Puntland hasn't experienced before.
As far as your comments concerning HJ forumers, no flip flops have taken place.
I've stressed since day 1 that i'm not fond of this ideology of becoming an Independent state, search my posts if you have to. I still support my people and my region and am all for advancement of the people but i'm against the ultimate objective.
Liqaaye has been pro-Somaliland untill he went back to Somalia and saw that this notion of Somaliland has been overhyped and mismanagment of the administration is visible across the region. People are still living on money send from relatives abroad and this idea of seeking recognition is a waste of time. The longer we pursue this idea the more aid and foreign support we miss out on. It affects those who haven't got any relatives abroad.
All these events happened before UDUBs current extension.