WHAT: Rally at the Minnesota State Capital
WHY: Advocating for Somaliland’s Peace, democracy and stability, fighting terrorism, and most importantly a rally to build partnership between Authorities and Somaliland Community.
DATE: June 24th, 2011
The Republic of Somaliland gained independence from Britain on June 26, 1960. Shortly afterward, it united with the former Italian colony of Somalia. From the beginning, however, the union did not work out well for Somaliland, and finally ended in an absolute disaster. After the collapse of the Siad Barre regime, and after a decade of liberation war, Somaliland withdrew from the defunct union and re-declared its independence on May 18, 1991, not an act of secession but rather as a return to the status quo ante.
With little help from outside, Somaliland has achieved considerable progress in consolidating its statehood. The country adopted a new constitution, with overwhelming support from the voters, in a nationwide referendum held in 2001. Presidential elections were held in April 2003, and parliamentary elections September 2003. Both elections were deemed free and fair by foreign observers.
The second Presidential elections were held in July 26 2010; the opposition leader won the 2010 election and the sitting President transferred power peacefully to the opposition candidate who was declared the winner. The International Community Observers have all reported the elections were free and fair and have been conducted under the International Standards.
On its own territory, Somaliland has been successful in its fight against piracy and terrorism. It has never tolerated any safe haven for pirates and has chased them whenever they came close to its 466 miles coastline. Somaliland has received tragic and cowardly terrorism acts on October 29, 2008 by terrorist who detonated cars with explosives in three separate coordinated locations simultaneously; at the Presidential Palace, United Nations office, and the Ethiopian Embassy; this incident caused the death of 30 innocent lives. It was later determined the drivers of one of the cars who committed this heinous crime was a young Somali-American from Minnesota. Somaliland needs the help of US government to fight terrorism.
The Somaliland Community expresses support for Somaliland, asking their leaders in the Minnesota State Capital and US Government to stand with Somaliland-Americans and with Somaliland to fight terrorism and to build partnership with the Minnesota Somaliland Community leaders to fight terrorism in USA and in Somaliland.
ABOUT US: Somaliland Community of Minnesota
Contact Name:Saad Samatar & Abdirahman Farah
Phone:612-442-4274 & 612 -730-7393