Planned demonstration in London against UAE base in Somaliland splits the government and the opposition

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    Planned demonstration in London against UAE base in Somaliland splits the government and the opposition

    Hargeisa-Demonstration against a military base that will be established in Somaliland by United Arab Emirates will be held on Thursday in London, UK. Waddani, the main opposition party of Somaliland, welcomed the demonstration while the government ca

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Hargeisa-Demonstration against a military base that will be established in Somaliland by United Arab Emirates will be held on Thursday in London, UK. Waddani, the main opposition party of Somaliland, welcomed the demonstration while the government called it a move against the sovereign of Somaliland.

The demonstration will take place in front of the UAE embassy in London.

The Minister of Information, Osman Sahardid, accused the opposition of undermining the sovereignty of Somaliland and attacking a friend of Somaliland.


The Justice Secretary of Waddani, Barkhad Jama Hersi, said his party did not organize the demonstration. "The demonstration is organized by the public. It is the feeling of the people who are against the corruption of this government,” Barkhad said.

On 12nd February, Somaliland Parliament in joint session approved a controversial undisclosed agreement granting the United Arab Emirates (UAE) a military base at Berbera.

"The demonstration is aimed to disrupt the investment of the country,” the Minister said.

"The people have a right to demonstrate against the fake agreement which few officials are benefiting from who are exploiting the country” The Justice Secretary of Waddani, Barkhad Jama Hersi, said.

The organizers of the demonstration are demanding the government of UAE to refrain from establishing a military base in Berbera. The controversial military base is granted by the government of Somaliland. However, there are critics including the main opposition party and independent academics and politicians.

Mohamed Baashe Hassan, a journalist and author, was arrested in last month for criticising the military base. He was released on bail after five days in police custody.



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Mohamed J Ismail is a senior reporter for Somaliland Daily.


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