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A few months ago, an important development took place in the Somali North, namely the area that spans in the east of Somaliland and in the west of Puntland.

On July 1, at a ceremony that took place in the city of Badhan, representatives from the predominant Warsangali and Darod Somalis met and declared the autonomy of the State of Maakhir. This came atop of many complaints about the disregard of the inhabitants of the area by both the authorities of Hargeysa (Somaliland) and Garowe (Puntland). Read the rest of this entry »