Somalilandsun- In Recognition of citizens who have have gone an extra mile for our country somaliland, I hereby decree that 17th October shall be a Somaliland national heroes Day.
This was stated by President Muse Bihi Abdi through a decree # JSL/XM/WM/222-224/102018.
Released by the presidential press office the decree read:
In pursuant with Powers conferred my office by article 90 of the Somaliland constitution
In reference to the decision reached at the 23rd council of ministers meeting of 18th October 2018 and
In acknowledgment of heroism and dedicated services including loss of lives by some citizens in various sectors of our country’s being, i.e Dervish struggle, anti Siyad Barre uprising by religious leaders as the SNM Armed struggle leading to withdrawal of Somaliland from its 1960 voluntary later turned fateful union with Somalia,
“I hereby decree that 17th October to a Somaliland National Heroes Day”, to be commemorated Annually.
Muse Bihi Abdi
The republic of Somaliland-Unquote
This decree follows the unanimous agreement reached at the 23rd Cabinet Meeting chaired by the president who is himself an SNM veteran and his deputy in Hargeisa on the 18th October 2018.
Th session came up with recommendations that the annual low scale 17th Oct commemorations of deceased SNM fighters be elevated to a national day .
Though remembrance of deceased SNM fighters has been observed nationwide and annually for over two decades, it has not been a national day, thence a major change in the Somaliland holidays calendar
With this presidential decree 17th October shall be a national day beginning from that date in 2019.
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