Investigative Reports

Somaliland Office in Taiwan Rejects Sexual Misconduct Allegations

The Republic of Somaliland Representative Office in Taiwan has...

Ministry of Information Spends 600,000 US Dollars to Fix a Decade Old Radio Station

According to a contract signed by the Minister of Information, Culture...

How Somalia is trying to Stifle Somaliland – US ties with an Online Troll and a pseudo-Charitable Organization

In February, June, and  August 2022, Mr. Okeke-Von Batten filed Lobby Disclosure Act...

Minister of Foreign Affairs has Resigned to Campaign for a Parliamentary Seat

Somaliland Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Hon. Yasin Hagi Mohamoud Hiir (Faratoon) has officially tendered his resignation to President Bihi to run for parliament in the upcoming elections in May 2021. Sources privy to the resignation of Mr. Faratoon added that President of the Republic of Somaliland HE Muse Bihi Abdi has accepted his resignation.

Hon. Faratoon has been on the campaign trail for the past few weeks and there is public speculation that he is vying for the position of the Speaker of the Parliament. The current speaker Hon. Bashe Mohanmed Farah is not seeking reelection has been the speaker of the Parliament since August 2017.

Hon. Faratoon with Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen

Hon. Faratoon a seasoned politician has headed the Foreign Affairs portfolio under President Bihi since 2018. In his tenure as the Foreign Affairs Minister and International Cooperation, Somaliland has established bilateral ties with Taiwan and has rejected overtures by the People’s Republic of China. These bold actions were widely praised by world governments and media.

In addition, under the leadership of Hon. Faratoon, Somaliland has reached out to multiple African nations including Kenya where President Bihi has visited Nairobi to meet President Uhuru Kenyatta and signed bilateral ties that include diplomatic outpost and flights by Kenyan Airways.

Horn of Africa region is at crossroads with conflict in the Tigray region of Ethiopia and Somalia where delayed elections could precipitate major hostilities. In addition to the events in the region, the change of guard in Washington also brings another opportunity for Somaliland to relitigate its case for recognition with the United States and beyond. It is unclear if President Bihi has anticipated Hon. Faratoon’s resignation at this critical time and has made arrangements for a successor.

Latest

A Journey Through Somaliland: A compilation of my observations and experiences in East Africa 

Mogadishu  Descending on Mogadishu’s Aden Abdulle International Airport (MGQ) you’re...

Somalia’s Deal With Turkey Is Aimed at Ethiopia

Somalia announced yesterday it had signed a defense and...

What the Ethiopia-Somaliland Deal Means for Washington’s Strategy in the Red Sea

Tensions from the Israel-Hamas war have spilled into the...

The Somalia-Somaliland Airspace Dispute: A Historical Overview and the Path Forward

Introduction The longstanding and complex airspace dispute between Somalia and...

Stay Connected

Don't miss

A Journey Through Somaliland: A compilation of my observations and experiences in East Africa 

Mogadishu  Descending on Mogadishu’s Aden Abdulle International Airport (MGQ) you’re...

Somalia’s Deal With Turkey Is Aimed at Ethiopia

Somalia announced yesterday it had signed a defense and...

What the Ethiopia-Somaliland Deal Means for Washington’s Strategy in the Red Sea

Tensions from the Israel-Hamas war have spilled into the...

The Somalia-Somaliland Airspace Dispute: A Historical Overview and the Path Forward

Introduction The longstanding and complex airspace dispute between Somalia and...

Aviation Official Found Dead in Mogadishu Greenzone Amidst Somalia-Somaliland Tensions, Foul Play Suspected.

In a dramatic escalation of tensions between Somalia and...

A Journey Through Somaliland: A compilation of my observations and experiences in East Africa 

Mogadishu  Descending on Mogadishu’s Aden Abdulle International Airport (MGQ) you’re immediately taken aback by the vastness of the Indian ocean. On the horizon stands the...

Somalia’s Deal With Turkey Is Aimed at Ethiopia

Somalia announced yesterday it had signed a defense and economic cooperation deal with Turkey that reportedly includes maritime security support, authorizing Ankara to train...

What the Ethiopia-Somaliland Deal Means for Washington’s Strategy in the Red Sea

Tensions from the Israel-Hamas war have spilled into the Red Sea. But while global leaders are focusing intently on everything happening in the waters...