EU Lauds Somaliland's Recently Concluded Elections
European Union has commended the people of Somaliland, political parties, the National Electoral Commission and other government institutions on the successful parliamentary and local council elections and electoral security arrangements. In a statement the European Union, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, The Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom welcomed the election of minority groups to the House of Representatives and the large numbers of youth candidates elected. ''We recognise the significant achievements of female candidates during this electoral process, but deeply regret that this has not translated to more women in elected office resulting in decreased women political representation,'' the state read. ''We look forward to strengthening our cooperation with the newly elected local councils and parliament, both on these issues and on other matters of mutual interest,'' the statement added. Last month Somaliland region its first parliamentary election in 16 years with over one million people casting their votes with opposition parties winning the majority of seats in the parliamentary elections. Out of parliament’s 82 seats, Waddani won 31 and the UCID party won 21 seats. The ruling party, Kulmiye, secured 30 seats. Somaliland broke away from Somalia in 1991 but has not gained international recognition for its independence.