Somaliland is granted independence by British government

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Saturday, 25 June 1960

25 June 1960 marked the end of 73 years of British regime in Somaliland. Fireworks and singing crowds marked the Independence of Somaliland and celebrations continued throughout the night. During celebrations a big electric sign on a hillside carried the message: “Long Live independence.” 

Mohammed Haji Ibrahim Egal took an Oath on the Quran as Prime Minister of the new nation of Somaliland. Nearly 1 000 British-trained Somali troops were handed over to him by the retiring commandant, Brig. Gen. O. G. Brooks.

References:
• Wardheer News(2009), ‘Somali Independence Week, 21 June, [online] Available at http://wardheernews.com [Accessed 27 May 2011]
•  Cape Times (1960), ‘Somali gains independence, 27 June 1960, [Available at the National Library of South Africa, Cape Town Campus]

Last updated : 25-Jun-2013

This article was produced for South African History Online on 22-Jun-2011