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The Way Forward
The nation has given a hero’s funeral to late President Mohamed Ibrahim Egal. The transfer of power has been smooth as Dahir Riyale Kahin assumed the Presidency of the Republic.
The new President has been welcomed by all Somalilanders, and moreover, there is no sign of any power struggle.
On the contrary, feelings of national unity have never been stronger with an overwhelming majority of Somalilanders showing increased faith and commitment to the country’s constitutional democracy in the wake of the peaceful transition of power. Despite the positive developments of last week, there are however some vitally important issues that need to be addressed in a proper and timely manner so that Somaliland can move forward to the future with confidence.
Filling the vacant position of vice president is definitely a top priority issue anticipated to be dealt with in the immediate future. Constitutionally, only the president has the jurisdiction to nominate someone for this job, and there is no doubt that Mr. Riyale is going to exercise this authority. But we do believe that the president would be better advised if he held extensive prior consultations on this matter with all sides, including those not in the government. Other than being qualified for the job, the next vice president must be a man of integrity who can work with the President. And we hope President Riyale will wisely choose a capable teammate.
Devising a constitutionally based and broadly acceptable framework for holding fair and free elections in the country is the next issue that needs to be tackled. There is no doubt that this is a tough and a challenging task. However we are encouraged by the prevailing mood of national unity to expect that a consensus could be reached amongst all stakeholders (the president, parliament leaders, representatives of political parties and civil society groups) on the subject of how and when the people of this country will be able to go to the polls to elect their future government. This issue has to be resolved well ahead of the deadline set for the incumbent government to remain in office.
Thirdly and finally, the rampant corruption in both the public and private sectors should also be given an urgent attention. Realistically though, nobody expects corruption and tax evasion to be overcome any time soon. However the earlier that something is done about this disease, the better.
In this respect, the new leadership should show no mercy to any government employees or private individuals who might be tempted by the present situation to illicitly acquire public or private properties.
Somalilanders Rally Around President Riyale
Hargeisa (SL Times): The overwhelming majority of Somalilanders are rallying around their new President, Dahir Riyale Kahin.
Mr. Riyale was sworn in as president of Somaliland only on May 3, 2002 to succeed Mohamed Ibrahim Egal who died hours earlier in a hospital in Pretoria, South Africa.
Since his inauguration, the new President has become a symbol of national unity. Messages of support for him have been coming from all parts of Somaliland. Last night he was scheduled to receive a number of Suldans belonging to “Somaliland Council of Suldans,” a group that previously supported the idea of holding a national inter-clan conference to elect the future government of Somaliland. The government had described the call for the inter-clan conference (Shir Beled) as unconstitutional and unwarranted. According to a source close to the group, the Suldans were to express support and allegiance for the new Somaliland leader.
Mr. Riyale has announced earlier that his government will hold municipal, parliamentary and presidential elections all in the next 8 months. He added, “Any residual differences over this issue are likely to be eventually resolved through dialogue.”
Mr. Riyale, a member of the Gadabursi clan of western Somaliland had been Egal’s vice president since Feb 1997. His smooth assuming of power as President on May 3 was remarkable in that he is not from the predominant Isaaq clan, observers have said.
The speaker of the Somaliland House of Representatives, Mr. Ahmed Mohamoud Adan (Qaybe) is also a non-Isaaq.
Berbera (SL Times): Mohamed Ibrahim Egal, late President of the Republic of Somaliland, was buried at Berbera on last Monday. Tens of thousands of Somalilanders attended the funeral, which started from Berbera international airport to the cemetery, about 12 miles away at the southwestern edge of the port city.
Egal died in a South African hospital on Friday May 3, 2002 following complications from a medical procedure. Egal who was born in 1929 died from laceration that happened while he was getting a colonoscopy, which is a procedure for examining the colon and rectum.
President Egal’s body was flown to his hometown of Berbera, at the southern entrance of the Red Sea, early Monday. The plane carrying his coffin arrived at Berbera airport on 7:15am and was met there by Somaliland’s new President Dahir Riyale Kahin, leaders and members of parliament and thousands of mourners who crowded the airstrip. Mr. Tekede Alemu, Ethiopia’s minister of state for foreign affairs was also present at the ceremony. A military band played the national anthem, the coffin was draped in Somaliland’s green, white and red flag.
The funeral procession arrived at the gravesite at around 9:00am. Egal’s shroud-wrapped body was then lowered by his three sons into a grave next to his father, Ibrahim Egal. The burial rituals ended on 9:30.
Since Saturday thousands of people from all walks of life have been pouring into Berbera to pay their last respect to the late president who was later given a hero’s funeral.
Berbera (SL Times): The following are excerpts of a statement by Mr. Tekede Alemu, Ethiopia’s Minister of State for Foreign Affairs during the funeral of late President Egal:
“What we have seen in the last three days since President Egal has passed away is the smooth transition of power in Somaliland. What we have seen is that Somaliland has very robust institutions of government. This is a lesson to the people of the sub-region and to the people of Africa as a whole. We in Ethiopia take this very seriously.
Because the peace and stability that have been achieved in Somaliland over last 12 years, has been extremely critical for us, for Ethiopia and as far as I am concerned for the sub-region as a whole. This is the legacy that Egal has left behind. And he and his colleagues have made a historic achievement. It’s our hope that these achievements will be nurtured, and that the people of Somaliland will continue to show the necessary resolve, the necessary determination to protect their peace and stability which is so important not only for themselves but for the sub-region as a whole. This is how we look at President Egal and his achievements. He has been a towering political figure in Africa for the last 5 decades. He has been active in Somali and African politics for 50 years.
He was one of the greatest statesmen in Africa without any doubt. He has been the leading statesman in our sub-region without any doubt. And his achievements we see today here in Somaliland.
Any person, who sees this outpouring of emotions, can’t ignore how the people of Somaliland are committed to their peace and stability. As I said earlier, the smooth transition has demonstrated how much the people of Somaliland have done for the last 11 years, to put in place the necessary institutions of governance. And that is not easy for any country in Africa. We know what the consequences are when a state falls apart. Therefore this historical achievement which we see confirmed today, we feel should be given its due importance”.
Mohamed Ibrahim Egal President Of Somaliland
Independent, UK 08 May 2002
By Richard Greenfield
Egal was born in 1928 at Odweyne, midway between the historic northern Somali trading center and port of Berbera and the old escarpment town of Sheikh. His father, Ibrahim Egal, from the Habr Awal section of the Isaaq clan, was a wealthy merchant owning much property in the days when Berbera had served as the British colonial capital. To the west lay French territory – now Djibouti. To the east and southeast was Italian Somalia – now "Puntland" and the chaotic Somali Republic. To the south lay the Haud and the Ogaden, also in process of "pacification" but by the armies of the then empire of Ethiopia: their first governor, based in the walled city of Harar, was Ras Makonnen, the father of emperor Haile Selassie.
Thus on every frontier the population was also Somali. To the proud nomad such boundaries meant little and indeed were largely ignored, but to Mohamed's generation of schoolboys they were real enough. They all dreamed of a new Africa where a "greater" Somalia, which might one day incorporate all Somalis, even as far as the NFD – the forbidding desert scrublands of northern Kenya.
From his youth, Mohamed must have been conscious that such an aspiration could not be easily achieved, for he was one of the few lucky ones whose family could pay for further schooling in Manchester, England. For instance, he spent some time studying with the brilliant young Kenyan Tom Mboya, whose Pan-Africanism certainly did not extend to the further dismemberment of Kenya any time in the future. Britain had already handed over Jubaland with the southern Somali port of Kismayu to Italy to ensure the latter's anti-German stance in the First World War. However, when modern political expression in the form of clubs and embryonic parties began throughout the Somali lands, no aspiring nationalist could fail to address the seemingly alien and unjust colonial division of the Somali nation.
Mohamed Ibrahim Egal married Asha Said Abi in 1946 – who was to bear him three sons and two daughters – and was soon in the thick of political struggle. In 1956 he was elected to head the Berbera branch of the Somali National League. Although later he seldom hesitated to change from party to party, he was ever careful to pay more than lip service to the prospect of eventual Somali independence and unity. He was a compelling orator possessed of considerable charisma. Yet from the beginning astute observers detected an occasional lack of consistency and determination. However, by 1958 he had risen to be the SNL general secretary.
After the Second World War, Italian Somaliland was returned to Italy but as a United Nations Trust and the unanticipated prospect of their eastern neighbor’s early independence startled the Somali élite in Hargeisa almost as much as it did the hitherto complacent British colonial administration. With hindsight, many see enthusiasm for unity on the part of the northerners as naïve as the more numerous and politically experienced southerners quickly acquired most of the plum appointments. However, Egal and four colleagues journeyed to London and agreed that the British Protectorate should become independent on 26 June 1960. For five short days, Egal was Prime Minister.
On 1 July, former Italian Somalia followed suit: the two legislative assemblies met and merged in Mogadishu. Southerners held most of the keys to power and patronage but Egal became minister of defense in the new Somali Republic, and it was agreed that a referendum was to be held within a year to ratify a constitution in which all Somali people had a place. At the time few bothered that that never happened, rejoicing meantime that the first two of the symbolic five points of the white star on the azure background of their flag were united.
Radio programmes and determined young ministers and diplomats set out to persuade Arab and African leaders, the United Nations and, after 1963, the OAU of the justice of the Somali cause. But, in the real world, Jomo Kenyatta of Kenya and Haile Selassie of Ethiopia – not to mention the governments of France and Britain – did not share the Somali euphoria. Undeterred, the Somalis opened offices and training camps for "freedom fighters" were set up. All this against the ominous background of the Cold War. Development of the Somali military agreements, discouraged by the West, was entered into with the Soviet Union.
Aden Abdulla Osman was President with Abdurashid Ali Shermarke, then Abdurazaq Haji Hussein, as Prime Minister. Egal left the government in 1962 to form the Somali National Congress. In 1963, following a refusal to accept a Commission report which suggested the population of the NFD might favor independence under the Somali rather than the Kenyan flag, diplomatic relations with Britain were broken off. Ambassador Lancelot Pyman described it all as "a very civilized rupture" – and well he might since he had even been consulted in the abstract as to how it should be effected – but angry Somalis set fire to the British Council library.
From 1962 until 1964, Egal led the opposition but in that year he disappointed many friends by unexpectedly joining the governing Somali Youth League, dominated by southerners. It proved a good career move. Some 62 political parties contested, but the SYL retained a majority and all the opposition with the exception of Abdurazaq Haji Hussein crossed the floor. Then, in 1967 Abdurashid Ali Shermarke was elected President and he appointed Mohamed Haji Ibrahim Egal Prime Minister. One foreign observer noted that the government remained riddled with "demagoguery, nepotism and sensational corruption" but at home it was condemned more for lack of progress in promoting "greater Somalia".
Egal, however, proved a pragmatist. Without renouncing the eventual irredentist aims of Somali foreign policy (which were in any case enshrined in the constitution) he skilfully used the OAU – and the good offices of Kenneth Kaunda of Zambia – to ease tensions with Kenya. Alarmed at the growing influence of the Soviet Union, the Ethiopian military had provoked serious frontier clashes in 1964, causing Egal to turn his undoubted charm on the United States, Haile Selassie's staunch ally. In return for some aid and a visit by Vice-President Hubert Humphrey, he quietly reined in pro-Somali insurgencies in the Ogaden and particularly Bale. In 1968, low-key diplomatic relations with Britain were restored.
Segments of the Somali military and to a lesser extent the police and intelligentsia were becoming restive. Egal had a minor confrontation over the incompetence of the government, with the army commander, Major-General Mohamed Siad Barre. He discussed sending the general on a course to the Soviet Union as a prelude to shunting him aside politically. It would have been easy: Somalis were the only Africans allowed, for example, to attend the Soviet Union's élite tank schools beyond the Ural mountains. But the wily Siad avoided the posting.
Egal was in Washington when disaster struck. On 12 October 1969, President Abdurashid Ali Shermarke was assassinated. Egal rushed home. A colonel – Mohamed Farah Aideed – reported the imminence of a military coup but again Egal failed to take incisive action. On 21 October 1969, he and others were rounded up and detained at the presidential palace at Afgoi, south of Mogadishu. A popular Supreme Revolutionary Council repudiated all frontier agreements, abolished the existing constitution and judiciary and decreed the formation of new organs to manage the state.
Egal and others were arraigned and disappeared. Years later Mohamed Barood Ali, a long-term political prisoner, described the dreaded secret maximum-security prison Labaatan Jirow, where there were strict orders not to write on cell walls. One day he discovers the word EGAL scratched in an obscure corner, and was elated by the thought that he inhabited the same cell, as had his prime minister.
Egal was eventually released and made ambassador to India. But after a year was recalled for consultation, accused of conspiracy and reincarcerated. He developed diabetes and rheumatism. In 1982, Siyad Barre again ordered his release and, it is said, gave him a million US dollars. He became chairman of the Mogadishu Chamber of Commerce and joined those few favorites who, on the President's signature, benefited from access to Somalia's then fast-dwindling foreign-exchange reserves.
Who is to judge what years of harsh solitary confinement do to the mind? Suffice it to report that Egal toured the Gulf countries, warning expatriate Somali communities to resist calls to fund guerrilla movements – specifically including the Somali National Movement (SNM), sponsored largely by his own Isaaq people – who were taking up arms against the dreadful tyranny of Mohamed Siyad Barre's regime.
The Cold War ameliorated. Both foreign aid and refugee assistance were curtailed. Rebellion was widespread. The Somali government collapsed in 1991. The ever-impetuous north unilaterally declared its resumption of the independence it had enjoyed for those vital five days in June 1960. Thus the Republic of Somaliland was reborn.
In 1993, a council of elders thanked the SNM for their role in the struggle and, in a desperate plea for recognition, handed the presidency to their sole surviving statesman. Mohamed Haji Ibrahim Egal restored security, introduced a new currency and brought back a semblance of sound internal self-government but remained unrecognized.
On hearing the sad and shocking news of the death of President Mohammed Ibrahim Egal, we the undersigned members of the Somaliland Community in Saudi Arabia-Jeddah, would like to express our deep sorrow and grief on the country’s loss of not only its leader, but a world-known statesman, and one of Africa’s independence heroes. On behalf of the Somaliland community in Saudi Arabia, we would like to extend our sincere condolences and heartfelt sympathies to the family, relatives and friends of President Egal, and to His Excellency Dahir Riyale Kahin, Acting President of Somaliland and to the people of Somaliland as a whole.
It is time to remember Egal’s good legacies as the hero of the struggle for Independence from the British colonial rule, and as the man who stood firm and resolutely against all odds for the sovereignty and independence of our country as the President of present-day Somaliland. Egal was a man of destiny and his name will forever remain synonymous with that of Somaliland.
As the Somaliland Community in Jeddah, we would like to reiterate our unequivocal support for the sovereignty, peace and stability of Somaliland and our unwavering loyalty to the constitution and leadership of our homeland.
We have a firm belief that with the wisdom and great resilience of our people, Somaliland will prevail over this calamity, and will continue to safeguard its unity, sovereignty, peace and stability. We also call upon all Somalilanders in the diaspora to renew their support and loyalty for our country’s unity and sovereignty at this critical juncture of our country’s history.
We belong to Allah and to him we shall all return.
1. Shikh Hassan Abdi Farax
2. Abdi Khader
3. Adirahman M. Yay
4. Eng. Bashe Abdi Gaboobe
5. Mohamed Hassan Abdi
6. Ismail Abdi Bacad
7. Haroon Esse Mira Deen
8. Goud Horre
9. Essa Drir
10. Rasheed Abdullahi
11. Mousa Ahmed Ali
Orderly Transition Of Power
By: Ali M. Gulaid (CPA)
The people of Somaliland have experienced severe tribulations and setbacks: the persecution and the ethnic cleansing of Siyad government, the civil war, the crippling non-recognition and the unexpected loss of the late president, Mohamed Haaji Ibrahim Egal, at a critical moment. To fledgling Somaliland, these are tragedies of epic proportion, with the potential to dismantle the weak institutions and the infant democracy. Despite these
adversities, Somaliland has defied the skeptics.
The skeptics and the pundits have predicted that Somaliland wouldn’t amount to a viable state; that Somaliland is politically and economically unsustainable; that Somaliland wouldn’t survive without Egal’s leadership; that Somaliland would crumple and repent after the banning of the livestock export, the primary source of income; and that Somaliland is an enclave of one clan. But the skeptics have under-estimated the depth of the underlying aspiration of the people of Somaliland to preserve the stability and to survive against the odds. The survival of Somaliland isn’t accidental: it is buttressed with unremitting resolve to reclaim relinquished sovereignty; it is guided by selfless and astute elders; it is underpinned with a constitution; and above all Somaliland was blessed with a leader who united, stabilized and administered by the rule of law.
Once again, the skeptics have overlooked the resourcefulness and the skill in managing conflicts that the people of Somaliland have developed and utilized again and again. The nucleus of Somaliland stability, peace and negotiations are and were always contingent upon the leadership of Somaliland elders “madarta”. For centuries before Egal the traditional constitution of “ Xeer” with the elders at the helm had guided the people of Somaliland through thick and thin, and the traditional leaders are more vigilant and determined today than they were ever before. In fact, the Somaliland “xeer” is a textbook of conflict resolutions.
The Somaliland elders have discharged their obligations: they have played a major role in mobilizing the public to dislodge the evil dictator (Barre); they have provided the wisdom and managed the conflict during the civil war; they have negotiated a traditional system of power sharing; they have sustained peace amid troubling times, and most importantly, today, they have arranged and administered an orderly transition of power. This is a record no one can dispute. Frankly, the missing role is the one of the so-called intelligentsia. The elders have displayed a sense of duty, integrity, righteousness and devotion to constitutional urgency and compliance. No one could predict or delay God’s will, but the Somaliland elders have averted chaos. In spite of the diligence of Somaliland elders, many have derisively labeled the elders as clannish-minded, unschooled and corrupt. How unfortunate.
The orderly transition of power is a manifestation of the system that has been put in place and the maturity of the people of Somaliland. For the most part, from birth, Somaliland has never known another leader except Egal. Egal was a fallible, benign leader, who has become a “father figure” unlike the cult-like Dr. Banda and the invincible Haile Salessa. Indeed, it is an end of an era: Egal was in the same league with Jomo Kenyatta, Nyrere and other distinguished leaders who steered their respective Nations to independence.
The tribulations and hardships the people of Somaliland have experienced might be eclipsed by what lies ahead: the introduction of the challenging multi-party elections, the new effort spearheaded by Egypt to destabilize Somaliland, and the on-going effort of marginalizing Somaliland by the Arta faction and the Djibouti government. Somalilanders have witnessed some of the new efforts and attacks in the last week. For example, the refugees from the South in Pretoria (South Africa) have demonstrated in front of the hospital where Egal was hospitalized, demanding that the South African government shouldn’t provide medical services to Egal. What they have uttered is inhumane, un-Islamic and against international laws. We are brothers, right?
The self-styled faction leader Abdiqasbaye didn’t send condolences to the people of Somaliland, let alone send a delegation. It is worth mentioning that it has been widely reported that Abdiqasbaye stopped by in Hargeisa on his way to Djibouti where he was a guest for the late president. According to some reliable sources, Abdiqasbaye was broke but when he left, he was financially better off.
President Kahin has rightfully instructed the Somaliland authorities to advise the delegation from Djibouti not to land in Somaliland. Djibouti can’t have it both ways. Djibouti considers Somaliland one of the regions of Somalia (northwest). In fairness, Djibouti isn’t alone in referring Somaliland as northwest, but it is alone in actively destabilizing Somaliland.
The note Mr. Geleh published in the media three days after the death of Egal, expressing condolences, was un-brotherly, un-Somali, and undignified. In his note, Geleh didn’t congratulate the new president, nor did he condole the people of Somaliland. If he is truly the friend he is claiming to be, he would have picked-up the phone but he chose not. In spite of all this, the delegation from Djibouti had the guts to attempt to participate in the burial of the late president without the necessary protocol and clearance. The Djibouti delegation departed without contacting Somaliland authorities, just like they were going to Arta. How patronizing.
The unfitting treatment the President of Djibouti directed towards the people of Somaliland on the occasion of the death of President Egal has deeply touched the people of Somaliland. It would linger for a long time. It isn’t the first time Somalia and Djibouti maltreated the people of Somaliland. Djbouti collaborated with the evil dictator, Siyad Barre, in the effort of ethnic cleansing exacted on the people of Somaliland. But one might think Somalis wherever they are would share the loss and the grief with the people of Somaliland. Indeed, they have a strange way of showing brotherhood. Somaliland wishes no harm to anyone but Somaliland is vigilant. The skeptics have been proven wrong: Somaliland has transferred power in a constitutional, orderly and peaceful manner; the President isn’t a member of the predominant Issaq clan; Somaliland is growing economically and politically by the day, and Somaliland would conduct the coming multiparty elections fairly and peacefully.
The people of Somaliland have lost a leader and a “father figure” but they have gained confidence in the system, the democratic principles and the institutions in place. The people of Somaliland are indebted to the elders, parliamentarians and other leaders, notably, the leaders of Ethiopia and South Africa. Congratulations for the orderly transition of power. This is the best gift the late President would have hoped for.
Loss Of A Great African Statesman
Very few people remember the achievements of Mr. Egal. When Somaliland got its independence on June 26, 1960 he became the youngest African leader. He is the only African leader who gave up his country and position without preconditions, and for the benefit of a union with Somalia. When the union was formed, he resigned from the ministerial post he had because of south Somalia's corrupt Italian system.
In 1963 he formed an opposition party. He was against the severing of diplomatic ties with the UK on the question of NFD, but the south Somalia government did not listen to him - thus was the sort who brought Somaliland into Somalia. They lost 150 scholarships to the United Kingdom, BBC workers in Berbera were laid off, £3.5 million were lost - but the south did not care, because they spoke no English!
Egal sold his houses (a very great number) in Somaliland and used this money to make a political comeback... He hit the south and by 1967/68 he became prime minister of the whole Somalia. He was the first black leader to give a speech in the joint congressional session in Washington. He solved the problem with Jomo Kenyata in the Arusha meeting in 1967. He told General De Gaulle that Djibouti would be much better off on its own, and shouldn't join Somalia. As a matter of fact, he was the one who broke the great Somalia dream.
For those Somalis living as refugees in your country: Ask them of their origin... I hope their Italian corruption and Mafia practices don't infest your beautiful country, which I visited in 1995.
The Republic Of Somaliland Buried Its Late President
The Somaliland Forum, an organization that unites Somaliland intellectuals in the Diaspora, informs the world community today that our Horn of African republic of Somaliland buried its late president, Mohamed I Egal, on Monday in our principal port city of Berbera.
Tens of thousands of the Somaliland nationals, including our new president, took part in the burial procession for our late president. A high level Ethiopian delegation led by their deputy foreign minister and a good number of other foreign dignitaries were also present.
For that, we are grateful to the people and the government of Ethiopia for their kind consideration, as they have shared our sorrows with us. We are not only equally grateful but also hugely indebted to the people and the government of South Africa for the generous hospitality that they bestowed upon our late president before his passing.
Our sincere thanks and appreciation also goes to the people and the government of the United States of America as well as all the other nations who sent us their messages of condolences and hence shared the sorrow from this tragedy with us.
Somaliland is still in a state of mourning. We are still grieving from the sudden passing of our late president. But Somaliland is a constitutional democracy at the same time. For example, our constitution held sway in the face of this sudden tragedy as our vice-president was immediately sworn into power, according to our constitution. This smooth Constitutional transfer of power is something that rarely occurs in our part of the world in which power largely flows through the barrel of a gun.
"I am saddened by the death of our late president Egal, but I can also safely say that I am a very proud Somalilanders today in the face of adversity. Our constitution has worked in a very remarkable way.
Our experimental democratic institutions, which we have been building over the last ten years, are now a sure bet. And our peace is still very much in tact," said Farah Hersi, the chairman of the Somaliland Forum.
"This swift transfer of power on Friday reminded me of how quick Americans had acted when president Kennedy was shot in Dallas, Texas in 1963. Vice-President Lyndon Johnson was immediately sworn in, inside Air Force 1, which was also carrying the dead body of president Kennedy. The idea was not to allow any sort of a power vacuum to emerge in times of great age dies.
A remarkably similar story took place in Somaliland on Friday; our vice-president was in power only one hour after the passing of our late president," Farah Hersi continued to say.
Lastly, we urge both the sub-regional states in the Horn and the international community to respect our sovereignty at all times, and especially while we are still in a state of mourning. We also urge all peace-loving nations and the international society of states to take notice of Somaliland's thriving democratic ideals, its rule of law, and its durable peace in the midst of a largely chaotic region in the world. Hence, it is in the best interest of the international peace and security to bestow on the state of Somaliland the recognition that it so richly deserves, as a result of its already deepened democracy.
Death Of President Egal
Suleiman Mohamed Farah (member)
Mohamud Jama Mohamed (member)
Abdulkadir Abokar Bille (member)
Naasir Ali Shire (Chairman of Somaliland Community Falkenberg (Sweden)
Hussein Abiib Osman (Chairman of Somaliland Community Germany)
Omar Yusuf Hussein (member)
Abdifatah Said Ahmed (Somaliland community UK)
Dr. Ahmed Mohamed Aden (Somaliland community UK)