Power sharing in Somaliland is not fair.

The issue of power sharing has been on the table since Somaliland declared its independence. Somaliland declared it is independence in 1991, following the collapse of the central government {Somalia} in 1991. The declaration of independence in the northern regions was not a decision which came from all communities inhabited northern regions but it was a declaration from SNM (Somali national movement). The decision of the organization became shock for all Somalis and it was unexpected although SNM leadership argue that their decision was the result of the genocide that happened during the military regime “Siyad Barre”. But we need to underline that the actions of the military regime affected not only the North West and Togdheer regions but also it has spread to all regions of the country, although North West and Togdheer regions were most affected. Moreover after the overthrow of Siyad Barre, the country was taken over by rebels groups who opposed Siyad Barre’s rule, including the SNM but these rebel groups did not had any political vision, strong competition of power and resources between these groups emerged. but in the case of SNM it is noteworthy the human right violation committed by SNM when they took over the northern regions, they killed over 1000 people in a single day including women and children, this was a horrible incident , this incident was took place in dilla and borama. Between 1991- 1998, the communities in the northern regions came together to carry out agreement between different clans; these agreements became successful and they formed a government. however since the founding of Somaliland, communities in the Awdal, Sool and Sanaag regions have been complaining about the lack of power-sharing, and during its 30-year existence, the issue of power sharing in Somaliland never been solved. Successive governments in Somaliland have not addressed the issue and each government has left it in limbo. The question that needs to be asked is why the issue of power sharing is a problem that cannot be solved? There are two reasons for this. 1. Somaliland has given itself to certain people. 2. The majority of people in Awdal, Sool and Sanaag regions mostly believe in unity and do not hold on the idea of​​independence What should Somaliland do now? In order Somaliland to move away from this and move away from what it claims to be isolated from the rest of the country {Somalia}, there must be an equal and inclusive distribution of power in order to have a cohesive society. Finally today we need the voice of young people, the young generation should promote the message of justice and unity instead of clan and personal interest. They also need to stand up for their right to participate in the decision-making process.

Mahbub Mohamed Abdillahi.