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Somali political parties and organisations (Somalia)

Last modified: 2017-11-11 by bruce berry
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Ahlu Sunna Waljama'a

Ahlu Sunna Waljama'a (Somali: Ahlu Suna Waljamaaca) (ASWJ) is a Somali paramilitary group consisting of moderate Sufis opposed to the radical Islamist groups such as Al-Shabaab in Somalia. They are fighting to prevent the imposition of strict Sharia and Wahhabism being imposed on the country and protecting its Sunni-Sufi traditions and generally moderate religious views. This group was established in 1991.

On 15 March 2010, the Somali transitional government and Ahlu Sunna Waljama'a signed an agreement giving the militia control of five Ministries, in addition to diplomatic posts and senior positions within the national security apparatus.  In exchange, the militia would lend military support against al-Shabab.

On 18 January 2014, Ahlu Sunna Waljama'a's leadership objected to the new Cabinet lineup named by federal Prime Minister Abdiweli Sheikh Ahmed. ASWJ Chairperson Sheik Ibrahim Hassan Gureye argued that many of the new ministerial positions went to unsuccessful officials from previous administrations, so the outcome of their reappointments would likely be the same.

The flag of ASWJ can be seen here.
Esteban Rivera, 21 June 2014

Kulmiye Party

image by Ivan Sache, 01 May 2008

Quoting the Kulmiye Party website:
"The party was registered in May 2002, and ran for the December 2002 local elections, winning enough votes to become one of the three permanent political parties in Somaliland."

The "Somaliland Center" website, 30 March 2008, shows the flag of the Kulmiye Party ("Xisbiga Kulmiye") as divided green-yellow by the ascending diagonal. There is a long article, written in Somali, below the image.

While this flag seems to be the official one, there is no consistency in flag use by the party, as shown by images from the party elections, 29-30 March 2008, available on YouTube, showing (at least) two variants in use, divided yellow-green by the descending diagonal and divided green-yellow by the descending diagonal, respectively.

image by Ivan Sache, 01 May 2008

image by Ivan Sache, 01 May 2008

<> Somaliland Center website
<> Kulmiye Party website
<> Kulmiye Party elections on YouTube.
Ivan Sache, 01 May 2008

Somali Youth League

image by Jaume Ollé, 22 June 2014

The Somali Youth League (SYL) (Ururka Dhalinyarada Soomaaliyeed in Somali and عصبة الشبيبة الصومالية‎ in Arabic) was initially known as the Somali Youth Club (SYC).  It was the first political party in Somalia and played a key role in the nation's road to independence during the 1950s and 1960s.  It was established on 15 May 1943 and was disbanded in 1969 after a military coup.  (Source: Wikipedia).
Esteban Rivera, 21 June 2014

The flag shown here has been drawn from a small image and some of the details maybe incorrect.  It is a variant of the flag shown on Wikipedia.
Jaume Ollé, 22 June 2014