Somaliland Accuses Farmaajo Of Freezing $60M World Bank Funds
Somaliland President Muse Bihi Abdi has accused authorities in Mogadishu of freezing $ 60 million funds by the World Bank to Somaliland.
Speaking during a speech on the anniversary of Somaliland independence day Bihi said the Somali government is the biggest challenge for the autonomous region’s fight for recognition as an independent state.
”Somalia has frozen $ 60 million which the World Bank allocated to Somaliland during the four years of Farmaajo’s government,” Somaliland leader Muse Bihi said.
The leader of Somalia’s breakaway region Somaliland said it is a “disgrace” that the June 26th commemoration of the independence of the northern regions should be held in Mogadishu.
“Mogadishu says we are celebrating the independence of the northern regions. I do not know of any greater aggression or aggression. It is like saying Somaliland is part of Somalia.” Bihi added.
Somaliland, a former British protectorate, broke away from Somalia in 1991 and has continued its effort to be a separate country ever since, but it has not been internationally recognized.
But Mogadishu, however, wants the country’s northern territory to be part of a single Somali state.
There were celebrations both in Hargeisa and Mogadishu last night marking the independence of British Somaliland in June 1960.