Daljir Party

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Daljir party
ChairpersonHassan Moalim
Secretary-GeneralAhmed Moalim Fiqi
Founded1 December 2014
Split fromAlliance for the Re-liberation of Somalia
Headquarters7 Airport Road, Wadajir District Mogadishu, Somalia
IdeologyConservatism
Islamic democracy
Political positionCentre to centre-right
SloganGuardians of the country, the people, the identity and the common good
Website
xisbigadaljir.so

The Daljir Party (DP) (Somali: Xisbiga Daljir), abbreviated DP in English and XD in the Somali language, is a social conservative political party in Somalia. It has developed from the tradition of Islamism, but has officially abandoned this ideology in favour of "conservative democracy".

Well known members of the party include the former Minister of Interior Abdilqadir Ali Omar, Abdikarim Hussein Jama former Minister of Information and current rector of City University Mogadishu.

Hassan Moalim is the Chairman of the party. The party's General Secretary Ahmed Moalim Fiqi is a former Somali ambassador to Sudan and served as the Director of Somalia's National Intelligence and Security Agency.[1][2]

Founding[edit]

Daljir party was initially a loose association of like minded individuals that announced a common political platform In 2012 in a ceremony attended by politicians, academics, members of the then transitional federal parliament, Ministers and Islamic Scholars.

It was relaunched on December 1 2014 after a two-week conference attended by Somalis from all regions of the country.

In the words of the current Secretary General who was a founding member of the party some of the "objectives of its establishment was to lay the foundation for a system that is beyond the failed tribal-based politics that is prevalent currently.'[3]

National Leadership[edit]

MP and former minister of interior affairs Abdilqadir Ali Omar (second from the right ) attended the first anniversary of party

The National leadership was elected in the inaugural party conference with a minimum quota of 30% of positions being reserved for female members of the party.

The Chairman of the party is Mr. Hassan Moalim is currently a member of the Federal Parliament of Somalia serving his second term, he is a graduate of the University of London - School of Oriental and African Studies, with an M.Sc in Political Science, he also served as an influential State Minister of the Presidency during the administration of Sharif Sheikh Ahmed.

The party has two Deputy Chairs; Mr.Hassan Ibrahim who resigned his position as head of the FAO humanitarian response coordinator in the Syrian Civil War to take up this position and Dr. Hanna Abbas a medical graduate of the African International University of Khartoum Sudan.

The Secretary General of the party is Amb. Ahmed Moalim Fiqi, a seasoned diplomat and security expert who served as Director General of the National Intelligence and Security Agency and Presidential Candidate for the Galmudug State of Somalia. Prior to this, he served as Ambassador to the Sudan from 2010-2011.

The youth wing of the party was formed on 1 September 2015 with entrepreneur Mr. Nuur Sharif Inji being elected as the chairman of the Daljir youth wing on September 19, 2015.

Ms. Hamdi Bilan Musse was appointed the interim chair-lady of the Women's league of Daljir Party.

Ideology[edit]

The platform of Daljir party was broadly developed by individuals who were initially part of the loosely organised Tajamuc which was formed by the late Sheikh Mohamed Moalim Hassan (the father of Islamic revivalism in Somalia) and his supporters.

The party is described to be socially centrist and advocates a strong role for the state in regulating the free-market economy of Somalia so as to reduce the effects of adverse business practices and create a conducive environment for investment and the large scale reconstruction required to take place in Somalia after the two decades of civil war.

The party closely espouses a platform of conservative democracy that is tailored to the cultural and political realities of Somalia as well as a Western-oriented Foreign Policy. Daljir also rejects radical Islamism as a form of governance appropriate for Somalia and is a member of both the Somali Parties Forum uniting 14 Political Parties, and is a constituent member of the Forum for Unity and Democracy, which are broad based coalitions united to strengthen the democratic parliamentary system of the Federal Republic of Somalia and which are committed to peace and stability.

Daljir is more liberal than Islamist parties in some other countries. For example, they recognize democracy, pluralism, tolerance of other religions, and women's rights as key to Somalia's development process and they do not support extreme revolutionary movements or any kind of Muslim extremism and terror groups such as ISIS

The party is believed to have very strong anti-Ethiopian policy, stating that Ethiopia's meddling in Somali affairs is a primary reason for Somalia's continued strife.

Heritage Institute for Policy Studies is widely believed to be an arena for members of Daljir party to develop policy proposals and political platforms, serving as a political think-tank for the party.

Both the former director of Heritage Institute for Policy Studies Abdirahman Aynte and current director Abdirashid Hashi are affiliated to the party.

City University of Mogadishu which is run by Tajamuc luminaries such as the dean of the university is Dr Abdikarim Jama, who also served as the Minister of Information, Posts & Telecommunication during the last Transitional Federal Government in 2010, Dr Jama also served as Chief of Staff to the President between 2009 and 2010 is also seen as an institution the reflects Daljir's commitment to reviving the education sector in Somalia.

Goobjoog[4] Media is an independent Radio and website based in Mogadishu, is widely viewed as a sympathetic news organisation to the party.

Elections[edit]

Daljir Party meeting [Mogadishu, Somalia]

Upon formation of Galmudug state as a federal member state of Somalia, Daljir party officially backed Mr. Ali Gacal Casir to run as it candidate for the speaker-ship of the Galmudug parliament, which he won in the second round of voting beating his nearest competitor Ali Gafoow Maalin by 11 votes in the 66 member parliament.

In the subsequent election on July 4, 2015[5] for regional president the Daljir party candidate Amb. Ahmed Fiqi Moalim lost the contest to current President of Galmudug state Abdikarim Hussein Guleed the former Minister for Internal Security in the Federal Government of Somalia.

The election was notable for the many allegations of fraud and corruption.[6]

As of 3 December 2016, Mr. Abshir Mohamed has won election as Upper House member for Galmudug state, while both Daljir Party Chairman Mr.Hassan Moalim and party Secreatary General Amb.Ahmed Fiqi have won seats as members of the federal parliament.[7]

Notable Members of Daljir Party[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Somali national intelligence chief steps down". Sabahi. 26 March 2013. Retrieved 24 December 2013.
  2. ^ "Somalia: New Intelligence Boss Takes Office". Garsoor News. Archived from the original on 25 December 2013. Retrieved 24 December 2013.
  3. ^ "INTERVIEW WITH AHMED MOALLIM FIQI". Mogadishu Center For Research & Studies. 2015-10-08. Retrieved 2016-06-17.
  4. ^ "Goobjoog News -". goobjoog.com. Retrieved 2016-06-18.
  5. ^ kaamil. "Abdikarim Guled is the new President of Galmudug regional state | Radio Dalsan FM 91.5 MHz | Warar Sugan | Somalia News". Retrieved 2016-06-18.
  6. ^ kaamil. "Corruption allegations emerge after Galmudug election | Radio Dalsan FM 91.5 MHz | Warar Sugan | Somalia News". Retrieved 2016-06-18.
  7. ^ http://goobjoog.com/english/abshir-ahmed-becomes-somalias-first-senator/