Somaliland presidential election, 2003

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Presidential elections in Somaliland, a de facto state that is claimed in whole by Somalia, were held on 14 April 2003. Results show that president Dahir Riyale Kahin won by the slightest of margins were released on April 19. Initially rejected by the main opposition, this led to some violence in the country, spurring Somaliland to ban public protests for a 10-day period on April 22.[1] Nevertheless, the International Crisis Group labeled the election a democratic "milestone" for the breakaway state.[2] On May 11 the Somaliland constitutional court endorsed Kahin's victory after requesting a recount.[3]

e • d Summary of the 14 April 2003 Somaliland presidential election results
Candidates - Nominating parties Votes %
Dahir Riyale Kahin - For Unity, Democracy, and Independence 205,595 41.23
Ahmed M. Mahamoud Silanyo - Peace, Unity, and Development Party 205,515 41.21
Faysal Cali Warabe - For Justice and Development 77,433 15.52
Valid votes 488,543 98.0
Invalid votes 10,096 2.0
Total (Turnout ?%) 498,639 100.0
Source: African elections

See also[edit]

Politics of Somaliland


  1. ^ "Somaliland bans protests". BBC News. 2003-04-23. Retrieved 2009-09-05. 
  2. ^ "Somaliland: Democratisation and Its Discontents". International Crisis Group. 2003-07-28. Archived from the original on August 6, 2009. Retrieved 2009-09-05. 
  3. ^ "Somaliland's court confirms election of Kahin as president". Agence France-Presse. 2003-05-11. 

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