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Somaliland marks 30years of Independence

MOGADISHU (SD) – Somaliland is celebrating 30 years since it declared independence from Somalia as officials make preparations for festivities in Hargeisa and other towns.

The celebrations come amid the former British colony enhance lobbies to push for its recognition by the international community.

Outside, the streets of Hargeisa were receiving a face lift ahead of later today when thousands of people will gather at independence square to celebrate the anniversary of the independence declaration.

Somaliland conducted the elections that led to the formation of various governments from different political parties since 1991 when it declared its secession.

Somaliland now issues its own passport, has its own currency and a flag.

Somaliland, a former British colony, gained independence for a short time in 1961. Five days later, after Mogadishu’s independence from Italy, it merged with Somalia.

After years of conflict and the overthrow of former Somali dictator Mohamed Siad Barre, Somaliland declared its independence in 1991.

It enjoys relative peace and stability, unlike the rest of Somalia, where African troops help the government fight al-Shabaab and Islamic State militants.  

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