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President of Somaliland to Speak October 13

In a rare U.S. appearance, the president of Somaliland, Muhammad Ibrahim Egal , will give a public talk in Dodds Auditorium of Robertson Hall at 4:30 p.m. on October 13.

Somaliland (the portion of Somalia previously ruled by the British) declared its independence from Somalia in 1991. While the government, based in Hargeysa, has not been recognized, Somaliland is appealing for international recognition given that the Somali state, based formally in Mogadishu, has collapsed.

Muhammad Ibrahim Egal was Prime Minister of Somalia from 1967 to 1969. He was overthrown in the coup that brought Siad Barre to power and was subsequently imprisoned. He was elected President of Somaliland in 1993 and re-elected in 1997.

Contact: Justin Harmon (609) 258-3601

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