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Summary of Somaliland Conference in London 2017-05-18

The major advancements made by Somaliland in the last 26 years

 

Somaliland is a nation situated in the horn of Africa. It is an independent state that meets all the conditions of an independent sovereign state according to the 1933 Montevideo convention. It is not a new nation state and nor is it self-declared.

Somaliland was officially formed in July 1887 as a British protectorate after Britain signed treaties with various Somaliland leaders. In June 1960, Somaliland was granted independence from Britain, the 15th state in Africa to gain independence. It became a sovereign state following the UN procedures for decolonization. Somaliland had a complete and functioning government, and settled a number of agreements with the United Kingdom under article 102 of the UN charter which deals with registration of treaties and international agreements between states. Thus, Somaliland existed as a sovereign state prior to entering the union to form Somalia. The union with Somalia was an unsuccessful project that came to an end in May 1991. Therefore, this project can be seen as a matter of entering a union and then leaving it.

 

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Why Somaliland is east Africa’s strongest democracy

below is the text of an article on The Economist's website from 13 November.

 

DROP a pin on a map of eastern Africa and chances are it will not land on a healthy democracy. Somalia and South Sudan are failed states. Sudan is a dictatorship, as are the police states of Eritrea, Rwanda and Ethiopia. President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda has ruled uninterrupted since 1986, and plans to remove a constitutional age limit so he can cling on longer. Elections in Tanzania have never ousted the Party of the Revolution (and its predecessor), which has governed since independence in 1961.

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Somaliland: From fighting famine to election fever

below is the text of an article on the ITV News website from 2 November.

 

For most of this year, I have been reporting on the catastrophic drought which has gripped Somaliland for almost three years, a drought which has also affected huge areas of Puntland and Somalia.

 

I travelled across the length and breadth of the country - from the overflowing paediatric feeding clinics in the capital, Hargeisa, to the remotest nomadic communities in the far east of the country.

 

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Recognition a Key Issue in Somaliland's Presidential Election

below is the text of an article on the Voice of America website from 10 November.

 

Somaliland's three presidential candidates have concluded their campaigns ahead of Monday's poll to elect the next leader of the breakaway region.

Muse Bihi of the ruling Kulmiye party, Faisal Ali Waraabe of the For Justice and Development party (UCID) and Abdirahman Mohamed Abdillahi of the Wadani party held their final rallies this week in the capital, Hargeisa.
 

A central issue, as always, is how to win international recognition for Somaliland. Somalia, which was once governed by Italy, wants Somaliland to be part of a single Somali state. But Somaliland, which used to be a British colony and broke away from the rest of Somalia in 1991, wants to be a separate country. All three candidates favor a fully independent Somaliland but have different visions of how to achieve it.

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Somaliland Holds Successful Presidential Election


LONDON, 13 November - The Somaliland Mission to the UK is happy to report on the joyous occasion of Somaliland’s presidential election today, its sixth nationwide vote. People across all of Somaliland’s six regions turned out in their hundreds of thousands to make their voices heard and exercise their democratic right.

Somaliland has a strong democratic spirit, which today’s events have yet again demonstrated. There have been reports of people peacefully waiting to vote from the early hours of the

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