By Nizar Manek, 21 November 2017
- Muse Bihi Abdi set to be next leader after winning 55% of vote
- Region broke ties with Somalia in 1990s and eyes statehood
The ruling party’s candidate in the breakaway region of Somaliland won a presidential election that saw fatal protests in the wake of polling, the chief observer said.
Muse Bihi Abdi of the Kulmiye Party won 55.2 percent, or 305,909, of the ballots cast on Nov. 13, according to observer Michael Walls, who cited the National Election Commission. The candidate of Wadani, the main opposition party, secured 40.7 percent and the group has signaled it will challenge the results at the Supreme Court, Walls said.