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Somaliland: So far from Somalia...

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The plane that the air force of Siad Barre used to bomb the city during the civil war —  mounted on a monument. Photo/Fred Oluoch

The plane that the air force of Siad Barre used to bomb the city during the civil war — mounted on a monument. Photo/Fred Oluoch 

By RED OLUOCH

Posted  Thursday, June 13   2013 at  13:21

In Summary

  • Somaliland with a population of 3.5 million is peaceful, has a functioning civil service, judiciary and police and has held five multiparty elections.

This is understandable because the government, which has not been internationally recognised receives no foreign aid and foreign direct investment and has to raise its money internally.

Despite having competitive elections, the opposition is loyal since the country is united around the idea of a separate country. The people are not happy that the international community is yet to recognise Somaliland, despite having in place all the requirements of a republic. Thus, the opposition will not do anything that would put the country in disrepute as they await international recognition. 

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