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Issue 442 -- July 17-23, 2010

Front Page

News Headlines

Somaliland Company To Export Meat To Malaysia

Is Somaliland One Of Africa's Most Vibrant Democracies?

UK Minister: Somaliland's 'Commitment To Democracy'

Local and Regional Affairs

Africa Oil To Raise Up To C$20 Mln In Private Placement 

Djibouti: AIDS fight targets Ethiopian truckers along the borders 

Outgoing Opposition MPs Sing

Djibouti Sentences Prominent Businessman To 15 Years 

Zuma Appeals For Calm As Fears Of Xenophobic Tensions Rise

Somali Man Who Lied To FBI Being Sentenced Today  


Somaliland Is Doing Its Part, So Should The International Community

Features & Commentary

Somalis Need To Learn About Peace

Kampala Bombings Cause Somali Blackout
Al-Shabaab's Attack On Uganda: A Lesson For Afghanistan?

International News


Should We Expect a Miracle From Kulmiye Now That The Election Went Its Way?

Gatineau Communiqué

Combat Stress: A living History
What Has Continent Achieved?
Somalia Needs Good Government To Turn Back The Terrorist Tide

Editorial: Somaliland Is Doing Its Part, So Should The International Community

Elections are supposed to have consequences. One of these obvious consequences is that the winning party gets a chance to govern. But elections could also have other consequences that go beyond a change of the guard. Somaliland is one case where the voters were very aware that the election will not only decide who will be their future leaders but will decide whether their country will be treated by the international community as a worthy partner or as a failed experiment. Somalilanders were aware that they were taking a huge risk and that the stakes were high. But they took the risk because they had faith in their democratic heritage and their own capacity to determine their own destiny.
Fortunately, Somalilanders’ faith in themselves proved to be justified and Somaliland’s election were certified by the international community as free and fair. With this successful election, Somalilanders view themselves as having fulfilled their end of the bargain and now are looking towards the international community to do their part and help in consolidating Somaliland’s gains by offering economic assistance and raising the level of their engagement with Somaliland to that of interacting with a sovereign and democratic country.
By taking these steps, the international community would not be performing an altruistic act but will be doing something that is very much in its own interests: not only it will be denying to terrorists a chance to operate in an area of vital importance to international security, it would also be helping in establishing a Somali democratic model that provides a counter-narrative to al-Shabaab’s terrorist model.
But even though the ball is now in the court of the international community, Somaliland’s new government still has the responsibility to present to the international community coherent development plans with facts and figures. The reply of UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) to Michael Crockart’s question regarding post election development assistance to Somaliland is an encouraging sign. So is the Nairobi meeting about the much-delayed Berbera Corridor. But it is imperative that these signs are translated soon to tangible programs so that Somaliland’s people would conclude that their faith in democracy was not misplaced. As the saying goes, it takes two to tango.




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