Ahmed Mohamed Silanyo
Leader of Kulmiye (Peace, Unity and Development Party)
The leader of Kulmiye (Peace, Unity and Development Party), Ahmed
Mohamed 'Silanyo', was widely expected to win the 2003 presidential
election. He lost to the Unity Peace and Independence party candidate
Dahir Riyale Kahin by just 80 votes. Silanyo was expected to win
the next election but his party has problems. Always an autocratic
Chairman, younger activists are challenging Silanyo, particularly
since the party's March 2009 convention. Some senior members left
and Kulmiye is weaker than in 2003.
Silanyo is from the Habr Jaalo/Isaaq and respected in Somaliland
politics, as he was when a minister under Somali President Mohamed
Siad Barre. He is around 70 and has kept the younger generation
largely out of the party leadership.