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Vol 54 No 3

Published 1st February 2013

The recognition blues

Elections make Somaliland more democratic but don’t make international recognition more likely or end a simmering row with Garowe

When the United States officially recognised the new government of Somalia’s President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud on 20 January, there was dancing in the streets of Mogadishu but there was misery in Hargeisa, at least among its rulers. Somaliland’s government has expressed its disappointment and the opposition has accused it of letting the country down. Both were unhappy that November’s intricate local elections, in which Kulmiye (Peace, Unity and Development Party), led by President Ahmed Mohamed ‘Silanyo’, came out on top, had not won the country sovereignty.

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