House of Elders

Golaha Guurtida
مجلس الشيوخ
Seal of the House of Elders of Somaliland.
Suleiman Mohamoud Adan
since August 28, 2004
Seats82 members
Length of term
6 years [1]
Meeting place
House of Elders on Facebook

The House of Elders (Somali: Golaha Guurtida, Arabic: مجلس الشيوخ, romanizedmajlis ash-Shuyūkh), also known as the Guurti, is the upper house of the Parliament of Somaliland.[2][3] It has 82 members, representing traditional leaders. The House of Elders is mandated with considering bills proposed by the lower house of the parliament, the Somaliland House of Representatives.[4][5][6]

Somaliland National Charter of 1993 established bicameral legislature.[7] It was at a national gathering of clan elders at the 1993 conference in Boorama that delegates assigned the Guurti the role of peacemaker and upper house of the legislature.[8] The term of office for the House of Elders is six years, but it has never been re-elected since it was founded in 1993.[9]


See also


  1. ^ "Somaliland Constitution".
  2. ^ Republic of Somaliland: Country Profile 2021 (PDF). Somaliland Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation. March 2021. p. 1. Archived from the original (PDF) on 23 June 2021. Retrieved 23 June 2021.
  3. ^ "Golaha guurtida Somaliland goormey howlgab noqonayaan?". 21 January 2019 – via
  4. ^ Bahcheli, Tozun; Bartmann, Barry; Srebrnik, Henry (9 September 2004). De Facto States: The Quest for Sovereignty. Routledge. ISBN 1135771200 – via Google Books.
  5. ^ Salih, Mohamed Abdel Rahim Mohamed; Wohlgemuth, Lennart (4 June 1994). Crisis Management and the Politics of Reconciliation in Somalia: Statements from the Uppsala Forum, 17-19 January 1994. Nordic Africa Institute. ISBN 9789171063564 – via Google Books.
  6. ^ Gatimu, Carolyne (2004). Traditional Structures in Peace and Security Consolidation: The Case of the House of Elders (Guurti) in 'Somaliland'.
  7. ^ "Somaliland International Democratization Support Strategy". Retrieved 2021-02-05.
  8. ^ Renders, Marleen (2007). "Appropriate 'Governance-Technology'? Somali Clan Elders and Institutions in the Making of the 'Republic of Somaliland'". Africa Spectrum. 42 (3): 439–459. ISSN 0002-0397. JSTOR 40175204.
  9. ^ "Somaliland elections: Could polls help gain recognition?". 2021-05-31. Retrieved 2021-11-12.
  10. ^ Hoehne, Markus Virgil. "No Easy Way Out: Traditional Authorities in Somaliland and the Limits of Hybrid Political Orders" (PDF).