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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 »


A first piece of good news for the new, leap, year 2008 comes from the autonomous state of Maakhir that has been seriously engaged in environmental protection. As deforestation has advanced much in all parts of Somalia, the way to re-forestation passes through the elimination of the charcoal trade.

Before bringing natural catastrophe to Somalia, charcoal trade was a curse for various countries allover the world. Read the rest of this entry »

A new state was formed last July in the Somali North, spanning in the Sanaag region between Somaliland (in the West) and Puntland (in the East). With the present article, we intend to focus on the structures set up, and the division of powers into Executive, Legislative and Judiciary within the new state that promises to contribute to Somalia’s re-unification, and to local development. Read the rest of this entry »