May 18th Celebrations in Somaliland Cancelled
Hargeisa- The president of Somaliland Dahir Riyaale Kaahin held a press conference in the Presidential Palace in Hargeisa informing members of the press that the official celebrations planned for Somaliland’s Independence Day have been cancelled.
The Independence Day Celebrations have been successfully held since Somaliland regained its independence in 1991 after an unsuccessful union with Somalia. The celebrations are held in various cities across the world as well as in Somaliland itself on the 18th of May of every year and have been a regular event celebrated by Somalilanders of all ages for 19 years running.
The President cited the current election registration process being conducted by the National Electoral Commission as his primary justification for cancelling the planned events.
The election date has been set as the 26th of June, which also happens to be the day that Somaliland gained its independence from the British Crown and was no longer a British Protectorate.
The leaders of the opposition parties are yet to speak on the subject, while a strong response is expected from both main political opposition parties as this move can be seen as an attempt by the current administration to conceal their lack of true support. This cancellation comes on a day when many are expected to display the flag of the political party they support alongside the flag of Somaliland.
The press conference held by the President had a somber mood due to the fact that the members of the press, who were invited, were also strictly prohibited from asking any questions in relation to the press release made.
Abdiqani Baynax / Maxmuud-Aar