House of Elders

Established in 1988 by the Somali National Movement (SNM) as a vehicle for fundraising and galvanizing the supporters of the movement both inside and outside of the Somalia’s state and serve as a managing mechanism for the internal conflicts both within the movement leadership and the society at large. This move in the jungle has served as a milestone for the future role of the elders in the decision-making processes of the contemporary Somaliland. Having Guurti in Somaliland was a destiny not a choice and helped the Somaliland state to escape from plunging into chaos and conflict from the very beginning with the dawn of democratization and multi-party politics. The Somaliland House of Elders, the Upper House, has 82 members representing the whole Somaliland clans living within the Somaliland territory. This crucial house is mandated with considering bills proposed by the lower house, the Somaliland House of Representatives, and also engages in peace and reconciliation efforts both within the community at large and also within the political parties. The IPCS and Guurti have cooperative relationship and collaborate in the areas of peacebuilding through research, and awareness raising, among other important issues.
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