European Parliament Conference: Somaliland – Negotiating Statehood, Perspectives Through The 2017 EOM Report

On 22 May 2018 the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO), in collaboration with MEP Frank Engel, will organize a conference entitled Somaliland – Negotiating Statehood, Perspectives through the 2017 EOM Report.  Continue reading European Parliament Conference: Somaliland – Negotiating Statehood, Perspectives Through The 2017 EOM Report

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A NEGOTIATED DEMOCRACY: Factors That Influenced Somaliland’s 2017 Election

Continue reading “A NEGOTIATED DEMOCRACY: Factors That Influenced Somaliland’s 2017 Election”

International Observation Mission To Somaliland’s 2017 Presidential Election Launches Final Report

The international election observation mission (IEOM) to the poll on 13 November 2017 today releases its final report, entitled “The limits of consensus?”. Continue reading International Observation Mission To Somaliland’s 2017 Presidential Election Launches Final Report

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U.S. Warns Against Electronic Voting In DR Congo

The United States warned the Democratic Republic of Congo on Monday against using an electronic voting system for a long-delayed presidential election in December this year because it has the potential to undermine the credibility of the poll. Continue reading “U.S. Warns Against Electronic Voting In DR Congo”

Somaliland: New Government, New Possibilities – Interview with Dr. Saad Ali Shire

Somaliland, a country that is yet to be recognized as an independent state from Somalia held its third presidential election in November 2017. Continue reading “Somaliland: New Government, New Possibilities – Interview with Dr. Saad Ali Shire”

Liberia Swears In George Weah, Its Soccer Star President

MONROVIA, Liberia — George Weah, a former international soccer star, bounded onto the field in a stadium filled with tens of thousands of roaring fans on Monday. He had been there before. But this time, instead of playing a match, Mr. Weah was there to be sworn in as president of Liberia. Continue reading “Liberia Swears In George Weah, Its Soccer Star President”

Democracy On A Decline In East Africa – Report

The worst performers in East Africa are Somalia, 7, and South Sudan, 2. But the Republic of Somaliland scored 44 with a partly free status “due to the holding of a long-delayed presidential election.” Continue reading “Democracy On A Decline In East Africa – Report”

Somaliland’s New President Has Work To Do

Divisions revealed by the highly contested election must be managed to avoid becoming entrenched. Continue reading “Somaliland’s New President Has Work To Do”

Somaliland Peacefully Elects And Swears In Another President

By Jack McCaslin

On November 21, 2017, Somaliland peacefully elected its third president since 2003 and held its fifth peaceful election since declaring independence from Somalia in 1991. Continue reading “Somaliland Peacefully Elects And Swears In Another President”

Somaliland Holds Biometric Presidential Election With Iris ID Tech

African country used iris-based recognition system to register voters, eliminate duplicates.  Continue reading “Somaliland Holds Biometric Presidential Election With Iris ID Tech”

5 Africa Stories To Watch In 2018

From widely known, to worrying to weird, here are five developing stories to watch in Africa as we kick off 2018. Continue reading “5 Africa Stories To Watch In 2018”

Somaliland Beacon Of Democracy

Despite the world refusing to recognize it for the past 26 years, the 2017 election was reputed to be the first incident-free polls to be held in The Horn of Africa in many years. It attracted more than 60 international observers from 27 countries funded by the British government. Continue reading “Somaliland Beacon Of Democracy”

Under The Radar: An Unrecognized Democracy Emerges In Somaliland

On 13 November 2017, Somaliland, an unrecognized country, went to the polls to elect its fifth president since its founding 26 years ago. Somaliland’s role in the region is changing as key players in the Gulf are waking up to its strategic location.  Continue reading “Under The Radar: An Unrecognized Democracy Emerges In Somaliland”

Presidential Elections

Somaliland Decides: 2017 Presidential Elections – In Pictures

Somaliland today is widely regarded to have one of the most thriving democracies in East Africa. It held its presidential elections – the country’s third since 2003 – on 13 November 2017, electing a new president, Muse Bihi Abdi of the Kulmiye party. Continue reading “Somaliland Decides: 2017 Presidential Elections – In Pictures”

Africa For Optimists: 2017 In Review

It’s easy to get beaten down by negative headlines, and there are more than enough of those to go around. But look carefully and 2017 has given Africa Editor Simon Allison plenty of reasons to be optimistic about Africa’s future. Continue reading “Africa For Optimists: 2017 In Review”

2017 Elections That Defined Democracy In Africa And Going Forward

By David Indeje

Africa is doing better on the quality of its governance, according to the latest report by the Ibrahim Index of African Governance (IIAG). Continue reading “2017 Elections That Defined Democracy In Africa And Going Forward”

Somaliland: Kibarkingmad Is Impressed By The Continent’s Most Recent Election

Kibarkingmad is impressed by the continent’s most recent election but Olushambles thinks Somaliland should get its act in order. Continue reading “Somaliland: Kibarkingmad Is Impressed By The Continent’s Most Recent Election”

2017 Review: African Presidential Elections – Liberia, Angola And Somaliland

Daniel Mumbere

A major news source on the continent year in and out are elections – especially the presidential polls. 2017 was no different with as many as four elections taking place. Continue reading “2017 Review: African Presidential Elections – Liberia, Angola And Somaliland”

Somaliland’s Democracy Put To Test, Passes

By Dawit Endeshaw

As Somaliland’s fifth President was sworn into power, the international community applauded the democratic elections and peaceful transition of power in the self-declared sovereign country of Somaliland, this week. Continue reading “Somaliland’s Democracy Put To Test, Passes”