Former Somali Deputy Prime Minister arrested in Hargeisa

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Former Somali Deputy Prime Minister Mohamed Omar Carte Qalib has been arrested in Hargeisa, the capital of Somaliland.

Somaliland security forces have not yet commented on the reason for the arrest of the official, who was on a mission, although his whereabouts are unknown, and various reports have emerged since his arrest.

Former Somali Prime Minister Mohamed Omar Carte Qalib was pardoned by Somaliland President Muse Bihi in October 2020, after resigning from the Federal parliament of Somalia, to visit his ailing father in Hargeisa who later died.

The president of Somaliland has recently issued an order banning people from the northern regions of Somaliland from participating in the political activities of the Somali government, and anyone who participates will not be pardoned.

The law states that it is a crime and a national treason for a Somalilander to participate in Somali politics, and it was decided by both houses of the Somaliland parliament.

The law excludes Somaliland politicians who were pardoned when they arrived back to Somaliland, and stipulates that the person will now be referred to a competent court for sentencing.


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