North Western of Somalia proudly marks 33 years of Independence with self-proclaimed status

North Western of Somalia recently marked 33 years since declaring independence with lively celebrations in various regions. President Muse Bihi Abdi, along with opposition leaders and officials, attended the main event in Hargeisa. President Bihi emphasized that North Western of Somalia’s separation from Somalia is unique and not a secession as commonly misunderstood in Africa. He criticized Somalia for misrepresenting the recent agreement with Ethiopia over the leased coastline area near Berbera. President Bihi highlighted the importance of the deal, revealing that Ethiopia requested a military base in exchange for recognition of North Western of Somalia. Despite its de facto status with its own documents and laws, North Western of Somalia lacks recognition by major international organizations and countries. Amidst the festivities, former President Dahir Riyale Kaahin urged unity among the people of North Western of Somalia.

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