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The May 18th commemoration of the 31st Anniversary of the Republic of Somaliland, which falls on Wednesday, May 18, 2022, is in full swing in preparation for the event, which shows how it is to be celebrated this year, May 18, 2022.

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The government has recently announced that it will celebrate this year’s commemoration, as the last few years have coincided with the holy month of Ramadan during fasting and worship. The coronavirus infection, a global epidemic that has claimed the lives of millions of people around the world, was also part of a series of failed rallies to mark May 18th.

Last year, on May 18th, there were no major rallies on this day, and the people expected it to be widely celebrated as it marked the 30th anniversary of the liberation of the Republic of Somaliland.

On June 26, 1960, the United Kingdom annexed Somaliland. Five days later, they were united with Somalia, with no conditions.

The union became unpopular with the people of Somaliland, and the military government of the Somali Revolutionary Government 21 Oct, 1969, led by Mohamed Siad Barre perpetrated massacres, robberies, and atrocities against the people of Somaliland, which ended in a bloody struggle. It falls on May 18, 1993, after the Burao conference, the capital of the Togdheer region, confirmed a public decision that Somaliland had regained its sovereignty and was not part of Somalia.

Somaliland’s vibrant and well-functioning democratic system of governance, which has taken root in the country over the past three decades, derives its highest authority and legal force solely from the Constitution of the Somaliland Republic, which alone reflects the democratic will and self-determination of the Somaliland people.

Before twenty years ago, Somaliland has established constitutional institutions and adopted a party-based system of free elections.

A constitutional referendum was held in Somaliland on 31 May 2001. The referendum was held on a draft constitution that affirmed Somaliland’s independence from Somalia. 99.9% of eligible voters took part in the referendum and 97.1% of them voted in favour of the constitution.

Somaliland has established stability and elections to take over power, with the support of the rest of the world building the democratic process, except a few friends who have contributed little to the democratic process in Somaliland.

Three Presidents have taken over the reins of democracy in the Republic of Somaliland, with the people directly voting in free and fair elections as witnessed by international observers from leading institutes and journalists from around the world.

The Competition for Organizations and Parties has been held twice to gain the trust of the people, as well as three local councils and two directly elected Houses of Representatives. At this time, Somaliland is preparing for presidential elections on November 13, 2022, and contesting elections for national political associations and parties.

The stability and development that Somaliland has achieved in the last three decades has greatly attracted the attention of the world of Somaliland, although the Republic of Somaliland became a country despite a great effort. It has yet to gain international recognition, but is a good example of democracy, security, and stability in the region and in other parts of the world.

But the lack of recognition did not deviate from its path of statehood, and it established contacts with several friends in the region and internationally, and the stability in Somaliland, its security, and its democratic system, led it to enter into major investment agreements with large companies seeking to take advantage of the strategic importance of Somaliland’s site to the world, which has resulted in the UAE-based DP World investing $ 442 million at the strategic port of Berbera.

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By Arraale M Jama Freelance Journalist and Human Rights activist.

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