Somaliland presidential election, 2017

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Somaliland presidential election, 2017
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Turnout 80%
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Nominee Muse Bihi Abdi Abdirahman Mohamed Abdullahi
Party KULMIYE Waddani
Running mate Abdirahman Saylici[1] Mohamed Ali
Popular vote 305,909 226,092
Percentage 55.10% 40.73%

President before election

Ahmed Mohamed Mohamoud

Elected President

Muse Bihi Abdi

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Presidential elections were held in Somaliland on 13 November 2017, the third direct presidential election since 2003. General elections had been scheduled to be held in Somaliland on 27 March 2017 to elect both the President and House of Representatives,[2] but were initlaly postponed by six months due to the drought condition in the region.[3] The elections to elect the President and Vice President were eventually held separately on 13 November.[4] Incumbent President Ahmed Mohamed Mohamoud of the Peace, Unity, and Development Party (KULMIYE) did not run for a second term.

The result was a victory for KULMIYE nominee Muse Bihi Abdi, who received 55% of the vote.


Parliamentary elections were due to be held in Somaliland in September 2010,[5] and were eventually scheduled for 26 June 2015 along side the presidential elections,[6] but due to the unpreparedness of the National elections Committee the Guurti extended the incumbent's term for a period of 21 months in early September 2015.[7] In November 2015 Kulmiye party Chairman Musa Bihi was elected as the presidential candidate for the ruling Peace, Unity, and Development Party. Former long time House Speaker Abdirahman Mohamed Abdullahi, also known as Irro, is the presidential candidate for the Waddani Party. Abdullahi also previously co-founded the For Justice and Development (UCID) party. He is likewise the founder and Chairman of the Waddani party. The presidential candidate for the Justice and Development Party will be Faisal Ali Warabe. Warabe became the party's candidate after a long legal and political challenge between Warabe and original presidential candidate Jamal Ali Hussein, Warabe has unsuccessfully contested the two previous presidential elections. Jamaal Ali Hussein has since joined the Kulmiye party. Faisal remains the Chairman of the party as well as the presidential candidate of the Justice and Welfare party.[8]


On 21 November the NEC anounoced that Muse Bihi Abdi of the ruling Kulmiye party polled 55.1% of votes to emerge winner. His closest contender was Abdirahman Irro of the Waddani party who polled 40.7% with Faysal Ali Warabe finishing last with 4.2% of votes.[9]

Candidate Party Votes %
Muse Bihi Abdi Peace, Unity, and Development Party 305,909 55.10
Abdirahman Mohamed Abdullahi Waddani 226,092 40.73
Faisal Ali Warabe For Justice and Development 23,141 4.17
Invalid/blank votes
Total 555,142 100
Registered voters/turnout 80
Source: Somalia Update


Muse Bihi Abdi was officially inaugurated as president of the Republic of Somaliland on December 13, 2017 in the capital Hargeisa.


  1. ^ "BRIEFING PAPER: SOMALILAND VOTER CARDS DISTRIBUTION". 3 August 2017. Retrieved 15 November 2017. 
  2. ^ Somaliland: “Presidential and Parliament Elections Slated for March 2017 Somaliland Sun, 10 September 2015
  3. ^ "Somalia: Presidential election postponed in Somaliland". Garowe Online. 17 January 2017. Retrieved 22 February 2017. 
  4. ^ Maruf, Harun (13 November 2017). "Voting Begins in Somaliland in Third Presidential Election Since 2003". VOA. 
  5. ^ Maximiliano Herrera. "Electoral Calendar- world elections,US elections,presidential election,world parties". Retrieved 2010-08-21. 
  6. ^ Barnes, Cedric. "Somaliland's Guurti Sparks a Crisis | Crisis Group". Retrieved 2015-11-21. 
  7. ^ "Somaliland: "Presidential and Parliament Elections Slated for March 2017". 2015-09-10. Retrieved 2015-11-21. 
  8. ^ "Somaliland:Jamal Ali Hussein is the Sole Presidential Candidate Fit to lead the Nation". Retrieved 2015-11-21. 
  9. ^ Somaliland ruling party candidate wins Nov. 13 polls – media reports AFrica News, 21 November 2017