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Presidential elections in Somaliland: hiccup for European diplomacy (updated)

(B2) In Somaliland, the presidential elections result in the victory of the leader of the opposition, Ahmed Mohamed Silanyo, of the party Kulmye (Unit). This did not really arouse international reactions, except in London where this election – in a former British colony – was warmly welcomed by the Minister for Africa, H. Bellingham. The EU reacted more timidly with a press release, published discreetly on June 29 on the website of the delegation to Kenya (competent for Somalia).

Somaliland, a province in northern Somalia which has claimed its independence since 1991, is not really recognized by the international community, nor by the European Union which rather tries to consolidate the central government (GFT) in Mogadishu, even if this area is much more stable than the rest of the country (NB: EU delegates are present there while they are not in Mogadishu).

(NVP)

Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).