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Vol 51 No 14

Published 9th July 2010

We’re here to be recognised

Decent elections, an orderly transition and plans for investment bring hope at last to a small nation

A credible vote will not bring prosperity without international recognition. On 26 June, Ahmed Mohamed ‘Silanyo’, leader of the Development and Solidarity Party (Kulmiye) was elected as Somaliland’s fourth president. There was minimal violence, and international observers, including Progressio, a London-based development agency, called the poll ‘a free and fair expression of the popular will of the Somaliland people’. In 2003, Silanyo lost to the outgoing President Dahir Riyale Kahin by a mere 80 votes.

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