By Goth Mohamed Goth
Thousands upon thousands of Somalilanders thronged major streets of a Hargeisa in what seemed to be the largest commemoration in 23years since Somaliland broke away from the Somalia back in 1991 crowds marching along Independence Avenue; similar ceremonies took place in major towns across the country.
The day was marked with various festivities with people of all ages taking part in processions made of colorful groupings which comprised of private companies ,Students, civil societies, Government workers marched, walked, or danced along Independence Avenue, followed by a full military parade.
Somaliland’s president Ahmed Mohamed Silanyo and other dignitaries watched the 18 May Independence Day procession in a temporary shade erected outside the heavily guarded Presidential palace in Hargeisa.
President Silanyo said, “This day provides not only an opportunity to celebrate our accomplishments but also a chance to look at the future ahead,.
Somaliland leader in his independence day speech said,” On this day we reflect on the achievements of Somaliland has booked over the past 23 years and we also look forward to the future, which is to attain our ultimate goal of international recognition.