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Published On: Sat, Aug 13th, 2016

SL offers amnesty to Somaliland politicians in Somalia

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Somaliland offers amnesty to disgruntled members hailing from Somaliland who went to South to participate the political process. The minister of information, Osman Abdilahi Sahardid has announced that the president has issued the pardon.

The minister speaking on behalf of the nation said a pardon has been offered to politicians, traditional elders and chiefs hailing from Somaliland and traveled to the South in order to play an active role in Somalia elections.

The govt claims to have lifted the rule which stipulated that anyone went to Somalia has committed an act of national treason. The statement from Somaliland govt coincides at a time when politicians who are in the South of Somalia expressed discontent over the political process in Somalia.

Anyone who voluntarily comes back to his homeland will escape punishment from Somaliland law banning the participation in Somalia politics. The minister made the remarks during a press conference quoting a presidential decree amnesty offer. Somalia is gearing up to hold elections late this year while Somaliland is to go to the polls in 2017.

 

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