Somalia census does not concern Somaliland at all, states the government

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By M. A. Egge

Hargeisa- The government has stated that the census supposedly announced to be done in Somalia does not include, concern or affect Somaliland at all and that state agencies should implement the National Development Plan III (NDP III) duly.

These and more were part of the resolutions made at the 110th session of the Council of Ministers of the Republic which was chaired by the President H.E. Musa Bihi Abdi, as contained in a presidential release on Thursday.

During the weekly meeting a general report related to the security of the country was heard from the Minister of Interior Hon. Mohamed Kahin Ahmed.

Similarly briefs were also given to the cabinet by the ministers of Planning and National Development Dr. Ahmed Aden Buxane, Financial Development, Dr. Saad Ali Shire, Transport and Road Development, Hon Abdirisaq Ibrahim Mohamed.

The Council had a long discussion and discussion on issues such as the preparation for the 32nd anniversary of the independence of the Republic of Somaliland on 18-MAY-1991, the implementation of the 3rd National Development Plan (NDP3), the traffic law and roads and other important points for the State.

The following points emerged from the council:-

  1. In commemoration of the 18th May of the 32nd anniversary of the restoration of independence of the Republic of Somaliland, the Council called on the members of the public and the various arms of security to continue maintaining the traditional cooperation in the safeguarding of peaceful stability during the period countrywide.
  2. That the nation of Somaliland is not affected by the public census that Somalia has announced to carry out, because the Republic of Somaliland is a separate country that existed before Somalia, its borders are clear, and they are international borders hence the Republic of Somaliland and its borders exist legally (de jure).
  3. That Government Agencies should duly implement the 3rd National Development Plan (NDP3).

Finally, the Attorney General and the Minister of Transport and Road Development explained the Supplement and Amendment to the Law on Transport and Roads (Law No. 56/2023).

The council had a long discussion and analysis on that Act with the understanding that its deliberations would continue at the next meetings of the Council.

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