June 26, 2012 ·42 Comments
From the British Public Record Office, this historical picture shows Somaliland leaders and the colonial leaders in Hargeisa in 1960. From right: Ahmed Haji Duale Abdulle “Ahmed Kayse” (SNL/minister), Mohamed Haji Ibrahim Egal (first Prime Minister and leader of Somali National League – SNL) and Sir Douglas Hall (Governor of the Somaliland Protectorate). Haji Ibrahim Nur (USP/minister), Ali Garad Jama (leader of United Somali Party – USP/minister). In February 1960 after an election won by SNL it formed a coalition government with runner-up USP where Egal became the Prime Minister.
HARGEISA — President Ahmed M. Silanyo has greeted Somaliland and its people on the occasion of the 52nd anniversary of the Independence of the Republic.
This occasion, which brings together the past, the present and the future generations, commemorates Somaliland receiving their independence from Great Britain on 26th June in 1960.
According to the presidential press office, in his message of greetings, Mr Silanyo said “on this day of great historical significance, I want to convey my good wishes to Somaliland and its citizens both in the country and abroad. I pray for prosperity and full statehood.”
The president called on the international community to fulfill their international obligations and accept the aspirations of Somaliland people. He said the international community needs to accept the voice of Somaliland and its people who deeply value the independence of their nation.
“At the will of the people chaos yielded to order and progress replaced despair while totalitarianism was thrown out for democracy. This is their voice, the will of the people. Somaliland has fulfilled all its requirements and now its time the international community did their part,” he said.
The president finally urged the citizens to be vigilant of anything that might harm or danger Somaliland’s stability and national unity.
Somaliland ended a British rule 52 years ago from today and temporarily unified with its southern neighbour Somalia. The union collapsed after differences erupted between the sides leading to a decade-long war that left more than 50,000 killed in Somaliland. Somaliland reclaimed its independence in 1991 but it has failed to gain diplomatic recognition from any country.
Some of the people that spoke to Somalilandpress urged the government to cancel any planned activities due to the fact that some parts of the country are plagued in severe drought. They said they feel guilty to celebrate while some will be suffering with their basic survival.
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By Hassan Ali