Dreaming Of Somaliland

Cecilia Milesi 

Somalilanders are quietly and confidently concretizing their dreams of statehood – all with the wish of one day being recognized as a political entity in its own right. Continue reading “Dreaming Of Somaliland”

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Somaliland: Don’t Look For It On A Map

Somaliland, Northern Cyprus, Transnistria and Abkhazia are examples of unrecognized states who struggle to join the worldwide community of sovereign countries for a variety of reasons Continue reading “Somaliland: Don’t Look For It On A Map”

What Somalia And The Rest Of Africa Should Learn From Somaliland

By Fredrick Ngugi

On Monday, citizens of the self-proclaimed Somaliland lined up at over 1.500 polling stations to elect their fifth President. Everyone, including the young and the elderly, was eager to make their choice. Continue reading “What Somalia And The Rest Of Africa Should Learn From Somaliland”

Somaliland Ticks Boxes Of Statehood

By Tristen Taylor

The immigration official at the border between Ethiopia and the Republic of Somaliland says that, in his seven years of working at the small and dusty border post, he has never seen a South African passport before. Continue reading “Somaliland Ticks Boxes Of Statehood”

UK Statement On Presidential Elections In Somaliland On 13 November

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written statement – made on 4th December 2017. Continue reading “UK Statement On Presidential Elections In Somaliland On 13 November”

Somaliland After The Elections: Old Traps, New Challenges

By Claire Elder

The Republic of Somaliland is recognized as an autonomous region in Somalia’s northwestern region. Since it broke away from Somalia in 1991, it has held five successful elections. Continue reading “Somaliland After The Elections: Old Traps, New Challenges”

State Occasion: Sweden Has An Eye On Somaliland’s Independence

The self-proclaimed African nation of Somaliland has gained considerable attention across the world, including in Scandinavia. Continue reading “State Occasion: Sweden Has An Eye On Somaliland’s Independence”

Somaliland: Women’s Election Campaign

The elections in Somaliland focused above all on the development of democracy. Party political differences faded into the background. That could teach Europe something. Continue reading “Somaliland: Women’s Election Campaign”

Can Somaliland’s New President Steer It Toward International Recognition?

By Megan Iacobini de Fazio

The candidate of Somaliland’s ruling party, Musa Bihi Abdi, was finally declared the new president of the republic of Somaliland late last month, after eight days of counting, recounting and closed-door negotiations between him, his main rival and the National Electoral Commission. Continue reading “Can Somaliland’s New President Steer It Toward International Recognition?”

UN Lauds Somaliland Elections, Urges Inclusive Politics

The United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM) on Wednesday congratulated Muse Bihi Abdi on his election as president of the republic of Somaliland after confirmation by Supreme Court on Tuesday. Continue reading “UN Lauds Somaliland Elections, Urges Inclusive Politics”

Somaliland Is A Preeminent Democracy Shining In The Horn Of Africa

By Suleiman Egeh

Recognition or no recognition from the broken and dysfunctional system which led by dysfunctional organizations such as the unelected UN bureaucracy and two den or club of dictators such as the so-called African Union and the Arab league, the Republic Somaliland will keep on progressing and thriving without any help from any one. Continue reading “Somaliland Is A Preeminent Democracy Shining In The Horn Of Africa”

International Election Observers: The Implementation Of The Election Is A Recognition In Itself

International election observers hold a press conference on Tuesday where they congratulate Somaliland for another successful election.  Continue reading “International Election Observers: The Implementation Of The Election Is A Recognition In Itself”

Somaliland: How Can This Election Effect The Future Of This Self-Proclaimed State

On November 13, Somalilanders will head to the polls for their third ever presidential vote. Somaliland – a self-declared independent country that is not internationally recognized – still to a certain extent depends on international support to conduct its elections, but also relies on strong democratic processes to gain favor from the international community. Originally scheduled for 2015, the vote is finally set to occur this month after being delayed twice. Continue reading “Somaliland: How Can This Election Effect The Future Of This Self-Proclaimed State”

Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallström Responds To MP Markus Wiechel Questions On Somaliland Case Of Recognition

Stockholm, Sweden, September 4, 2017 (Saxafi) – “For a long time, Sweden has assumed three stated criteria that must be met in order to recognize an independent country: There should be a people, there should be a territory and there should be a government that can exercise control over the territory. Somaliland fulfills all of these three criteria – and many in addition to them.” Continue reading “Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallström Responds To MP Markus Wiechel Questions On Somaliland Case Of Recognition”

How The Media Covered Kenya’s General Election

image-20161207-18067-1gmvezyGeorge W. Gathigi

Lecturer, University of Nairobi

The media has been a critical part of the Kenyan election process. But did they do a good job? Continue reading “How The Media Covered Kenya’s General Election”