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United States Welcomes Elections In Somaliland
ISSUE 194
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Names Of The First 50 Candidates Declared ‎Winners In The Sept 29 Parliamentary Elections

United States Welcomes Elections In Somaliland

Somaliland: Elections A Success

EU To Undertake Study Of Ethio-Somaliland Corridor

Finnish Observation Team: Somaliland ‎Elections Competitive And Support Democracy

Somaliland Says Infiltrator Exposed Terrorists

Somalilanders Battle For Independence

Finnish Observation Team: Somaliland ‎Elections Competitive And Support Democracy

Somaliland Says Infiltrator Exposed Terrorists

Somalilanders Battle For Independence

Awdalnews Editorial: Remembering Annalena ‎Tonelli As The Epitome Of Human Pride

U.S. State Department Hosts Bird Flu Meeting For 65 Nations

Local & Regional Affairs

Somaliland Elections Peaceful, Say Observers

Borama People Commemorate The 2nd ‎Anniversary Of Annalena Tonelli's Death

Somalia Problems Occasioned By Absence ‎Of Islamic Shari'ah Islamic Body‎

'How Pirates Hijacked US'‎

ADB To Loan 56 Million Dollars For ‎Ethio-Djibouti Electric Line

30 Die In Somalia Land Clashes

International News

Range Wins Rights To Land Of Punt

UN Condemns Killing Of Staff Member

UN Mission To Puntland On Toxic Waste ‎In The Coastal Areas Of Somalia

She Knows Somali,‎ Italian Or Irish, Newcomers Are Us

Somali Allegedly Hits Compatriot With ‎Broken Bottle

FEATURES & COMMENTARY

Entrepreneurship Thrives In An Enabling Culture

Nursing Wounds, Somali ‎Enclave Dreams Of Nationhood

An Old Social Tradition Produces Helping Hands

People

 

Editorial & Opinions

The Regrettable Absence Of The UN

A Study Of The Psychology Of A Nomadic ‎Society And Its Implications For Somaliland

An Old Social Tradition Produces Helping Hands


Washington, DC, October 3, 2005 PRESS RELEASE (United States Department of State) – The United States ‎welcomed the recent parliamentary elections in the Somaliland region of Somalia as an example of ‎democracy for greater Somalia, according to an October 3 State Department statement.‎
Somaliland is a former British colony in the Horn of Africa that merged in 1960 with the Italian colony of ‎Somalia to form the independent republic of Somalia. But when Somalia descended into anarchy in the early ‎‎1990s, Somaliland broke away and set up its own administration.‎
While clan-based fighting swept the center and south of Somalia following the 1991 ouster of longtime ‎dictator Mohamed Siyad Barre, Somaliland remained relatively peaceful, aided by the strong dominance of a ‎ruling clan and an economic infrastructure left behind by British, Russian and American military aid ‎programs.‎
Although the region has its own security and police forces, justice system, and currency, it has not ‎succeeded in gaining international recognition. The elections on September 29 were the first multiparty ‎parliamentary elections since the region separated from Somalia. Many of the candidates were citizens of the ‎United States, Britain, Canada, and some European countries.‎
Following is the text of the State Department statement: ‎
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE ‎
Office of the Spokesman ‎
October 3, 2005 ‎
STATEMENT BY SEAN McCORMACK, SPOKESMAN ‎
Regional Parliamentary Elections in Somalia ‎
The United States welcomes the September 29 parliamentary elections in Somaliland, which represent a ‎step towards democracy in Somalia. We congratulate the people of Somaliland on holding peaceful elections ‎with significant voter turnout. The United States calls on all political parties to work together peacefully ‎during the post-election period to strengthen the democratic transition in Somaliland and serve as an ‎example for greater Somalia.‎

(Distributed by the Bureau of International Information Programs, U.S. Department of State.)‎

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