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Somali leaders urge unity as northern territories celebrate colonial independence

Friday, June 28, 2013

Somali leaders joined the country's northern territories in celebrating 53 years of independence from British colonialism Wednesday (June 26th).

Parts of northern Somalia, comprising what came to be known as Somaliland, peacefully ended 73 years of British rule on June 26, 1960. On July 1st the same year, it united with the rest of Somalia, which had been under Italian rule, to form the Somali Republic.

Speaking at an official ceremony celebrating the event at the presidential palace, President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud urged the Somali people to incorporate their forefathers' values of dignity, freedom and independence, Somalia's Radio Mogadishu reported.

Speaker of Parliament Mohamed Osman Jawari and Prime Minister Abdi Farah Shirdon also took the opportunity to affirm their commitment to the unity of the country.


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