Puntland leader says committed to popular vote after meeting with opposition


MOGADISHU (Somaliguardian) – Puntland President Saeed Abdullahi Deni on Saturday said he was committed to holding a popular vote despite strong opposition from some of the region’s political stakeholders.

Deni held a meeting with the leaders of a number of political parties for talks on the conduct of a peaceful one-man one-vote election in the semi-autonomous region. Politicians opposing his plans did not wait for the meeting.

Despite calls for adhering to the traditional regional electoral model, which allowed MPs selected by clan leaders to choose a president, Deni insisted on holding a universal suffrage.

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