Regions of Somaliland



Between March 22 and May 15 of 2008, then President of Somaliland Dahir Riyale Kahin issued a press statement announcing the creation of six new regions and 16 new districts, in addition to the corresponding administrative divisions already existing as created by Somalia's central government. On May 15, 2008, Kahin released a second statement declaring the Hawd the thirteenth state of Somaliland.[1] In June 2014, Somaliland president Ahmed Mohamed Mohamoud (Ex-president) announced the creation of Somaliland's 14th region, consisting of 4 new districts. The new region, dubbed Haysimo was formed out of the eastern Sool and Sanaag regional districts. It contains the cities of Taleh, Sarmanyo, Godaalo, Hallin, and Aroley. The presidential decree stated that Taleh is the regional capital.[2][3] 8 regions created by President Dahir rayale and Silanyo were not approved by parliament because the new regional boundaries are not clearly demarcated.[citation needed]

Currently Somaliland is divided in 6 regions, Awdal, Saahil, Maroodi-Jeeh, Toghdeer, Sanaag and Sool. This is in accordance with 2 political studies published on Somaliland in 2011 and 2015 and ActionAID, a humanitarian organization currently active in Somaliland.[4][5][6]


Administrative Regions of Somaliland:
  1. Awdal
  2. Saahil
  3. Maroodi-Jeeh
  4. Togdheer
  5. Sanaag
  6. Sool
Rank Regions Capital Districts
1 Awdal Borama Baki -Zeila - Lughaya - Borama
2 Sahil Berbera Sheekh - Mandheera - Bulhar - Xaggal
3 Maroodi Jeex Hargeisa Gabiley District - Hargeysa - Salahlay District
4 Togdheer Burao Odwayne - Buuhoodle -Duruqsi -Sh. Xasan Geelle -Qoryaale
5 Sanaag Erigabo El Afweyn - Badhan - Lasqoray - Dhahar - Garadag - Maydh -Darar-weyne - Fiqifulliye - Xiis
6 Sool Las Anod Aynabo - Taleh - Xudun - Bo'ame - Yagori

[citation needed][7]


Control of the Sool, Sanaag and Cayn regions is disputed with the neighboring Puntland autonomous region.[8] .[9]

See also


  1. ^ "Madaxweynaha oo Gobol Cusub U Magacaabay Baligubadle". Archived from the original on 7 December 2008.
  2. ^ "Somalia: Somaliland President names historic town of Taleh as New Region". Garowe Online. Retrieved 3 August 2014.
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  4. ^ ActionAid International Somaliland (AAIS) supports poor and marginalised communities in three of six Somaliland administrative regions
  5. ^ State Formation in Somaliland: Bringing Deliberation to Institutionalism. Michael Walls, Planning Unit, UCL February 2011
  6. ^ Somaliland: The Strains of Success Crisis Group Africa Briefing N°113 Nairobi/Brussels, 5 October 2015
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  8. ^ Somaliland's Quest for International Recognition and the HBM-SSC Factor Archived 2012-05-28 at the Wayback Machine
  9. ^ "Awdal "Republic": Declaration of Independence, [Somalia]". University of Pennsylvania - African Studies Center. Archived from the original on 14 February 2007. Retrieved 2007-01-29.