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Somali Soldiers Protest Over Pay
Issue 285
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UNDP Appraises Its Programs And Projects In Somaliland

Berbera Immigration Officials Block ‘Illegal’ Deportation Of Somaliland Citizen To Yemen

Somaliland Representative Visiting The United Nations

Somaliland Regional Games Tournament Begin 23 July 2007

Somaliland Women 'Nagaad' Umbrella Organization Inaugurates Its 10th Anniversary

Non-Governmental Group Accuses Interim Somali Government Of Harassment

At the UN, Somalia's Gedi Asks for $32 Million, Denies Restricting Opponents' Travel

'It is always necessary to make the N.R.C. political,' says a Somali scholar

Stability in Somalia 'a dream'

Somali elders search for peace

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Somaliland’s Communiqué To African Leaders’ Summit In Accra

Somaliland Bans Use Of New Somali Passport

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World shrinks for US diplomats

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US is about to pull out of Somalia again- a mistake

Minister in Sarkozy's Government: Bush might be behind 9/11 Attacks

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Gorbachev At The “Global Citizen Project” Exhibition

Somaliland in Accra, Ghana, on the Occasion of the African Union Summit 27 June to 3 July 2007

Somaliland: Africa’s Best Kept Secret

Harnessing Community Power In Somaliland

Blinders On Borders

Martin Meridith’s The State Of Africa: A History Of Fifty Years Of Independence

Crackdown in Ethiopia condemned

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An Invitation To The Mayor Of Hargeysa To A Dialogue On Freedom Of The Press

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Sack The Somaliland Leaders

UDUB, UCID, and KULMIYE: Are There Any Differences?

Democracy Requires An Informed Citizenry

The Mayor Of Hargeysa—The New Mohammed Dheere Of Somaliland


Mogadishu, July 05, 2007 – Somali government soldiers have staged protests in two towns to demand payment after going seven months without any wages.

There was an exchange of gunfire in a barracks in Jowhar, near the capital, but there were no causalities.

Angry soldiers have taken control of a police station in the central town of Beledweyne.

The government is trying to assert its control after ousting Islamists from the capital, with Ethiopian backing.

Somalia has not had an affective national government for 16 years, since when rival militias have been battling for control of different areas.

Tax drive

Meanwhile, a roadside bomb has gone off near a convoy carrying Mogadishu mayor, and former warlord, Muhammad Dheere, although no-one was hurt.

Such attacks occur on an almost daily basis and are usually blamed on Islamist insurgents and fighters from the Hawiye clan - the largest in Mogadishu.

Hawiye leaders say they will not attend a reconciliation conference due to be held next month.

The BBC's Mohammed Olad Hassan in Mogadishu says that until the government took control of the capital last December, soldiers were given occasional payments, even if they have not been paid regular salaries for many years.

But our reporter says even these have not been paid this year.

Bodyguards for the president and prime minister have, however, been paid, he says.

The government, chosen in 2004 after more than two years of peace talks in neighbouring Kenya, is trying to generate some revenue by asking companies to pay taxes.

Some businessmen, especially in telecommunications, are thriving despite the lawlessness - partly because they have not had to pay any taxes for so long.

Source: BBC


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