Khatumo State (Somali: Khaatumo; Arabic: ولاية خاتمة), officially the Khatumo State of Somaliland (Somali: Dowlad Goboleedka Khaatumo ee Soomaalilaan), is an unrecognised proto-state in eastern Somaliland. Centred on the Sool, Sanaag and Cayn or SSC provinces, its leaders declared the territory an autonomous state in 2012. Khatumo State is primarily inhabited by the Somali clan of Dhulbahante.
Khatumo is derived from an Arabic term meaning a "positive conclusion." The administration's stated aim is to bring development and stability to the region through the establishment of a locally based government. Historically, the Sool, Sanaag and Cayn (SSC) regions of Somalia served as the seats of both the Warsangeli Sultanate and the Dervish State.
Control of the territory is disputed between Khatumo State (formerly HBM-SSC or Hoggaanka Badbaadada iyo Mideynta SSC), the autonomous region of Somali Puntland, and the republic of Somaliland. The most popular slogan among official Khatumites is midnimada which roughly translates as unity. Many inhabitants previously self-referred as being denizens of SSC, although now it's mostly KS (Khatumo State).
According to the Northern Somali Unionist Movement (NSUM), Khatumo State's precursor, NSUM stands for the promotion of peace, reconciliation and unity among all people from Somalia. The organization does not recognize the self-declared independence of Somaliland. It also opposes the 2007 occupation of the Sool province by Somaliland troops. In 2010, NSUM militants were involved in clashes between themselves and Somaliland militia near Widhwidh, in the Cayn region of Somalia.
In 2012, the Khatumo State administration was finalized after a series of domestic and overseas conferences beginning in 2007 between prominent political figures, traditional leaders and local residents. The territory's capital was initially at Taleh. Since August 2014, Las Anod serves as Khatumo State's declared administrative center.
In August 2016 Khatumo state commenced peace talks with Somaliland. The talks, however, caused a major disagreement between the president and vice-president of the administration, Ali Khalif Galaydh and Abdulle Agalule respectively, which eventually produced two separate administrations that both claimed to be the legitimate government. The group led by Ali Khalif reached an agreement with Somaliland, at the town of Aynabo in October 2017, which stipulated that under the condition of changing the constitution of Somaliland, the two administration will join. Abdulle Agalule was then elected interim-president of Khatumo state, till election are held in early 2018.
The Khatumo State governmental authority is structured somewhat differently from Somalia's other autonomous regional administrations. At its establishment, it had three presidents, four councils and various ministerial positions. In August 2014, Member of the Federal Parliament of Somalia and former Prime Minister of Somalia Ali Khalif Galaydh was elected President of Khatumo State. He defeated former co-president Mohamed Yusuf Jama (Indhosheel) by 21 votes to 9. Assembly members, who had been appointed by traditional leaders, also selected Abdul Sulub as Vice President.
- Asia Mohmud Saed
- Ahmed Elmi Osman (Karaash) - until 2013
- Abdinuur Elmi Qaaji (Biindhe) - until 2013
- Mohamed Yusuf Jama (Indhosheel) - until 2014
- Abdalla mohamoud haybe (caga lule)
- Dr maxamuud Abdilaahi(cananug)
- Ahmed Gacmayare, Minister for Information and Culture
- Mahamoud Ismail Shabac, Minister for International Relations and federal
- Mohamed Ducaale Abdi, Minister for Security
- Ibrahim Jama Garab-Yare, Minister for Finance
- Abdikariim Farah Dhaaye, Minister for Development and Natural Resources
- Mohamoud Diiriye Abdi-Joof, Minister for Social Services
- Yaasin Ahmed Sulub, Minister for Interior Affairs and
- Hasan Ali Jama, First Deputy Minister for International Relations
- Jama Hassan Khaliif, Deputy Minister for Security
- Ibraahim Mohamoud Guure, Deputy Minister for Development and Natural Resources
- Abdi Farah Mahad, Second Deputy Minister for Development and Natural Resources
- Hassan Muse Awl, First Deputy Minister for Interior Affairs
- Abshir Abdi Shiekh, Second Deputy Minister for Interior Affairs
- Abdifatah Osman Dhala, First Deputy Minister for Social Affairs
- Asia Hassan Jama, First Deputy Minister for Social Affairs
- Ali Osman Gedle, First Deputy Minister for Finance
- Mukhatar Ibraahim Habashi, Chief of Cabinet
- Omar Jama Saleebaan, Spokesman for Khatumo State
Khatumo maintains its own security forces. Exclusively financed by the state administration, they are tasked with assuring local security and defending the region's borders. According to Khatumo President Abdinuur Elmi Qaaji, the forces are well trained and armed. Khatumo troops have been deployed in defence operations against invading Somaliland troops in Buhoodle and other disputed towns within SSC territory. As of 2012, Khatumo forces are led by Abdirisak Fanah, with Omar Jama Saleiman serving as official spokesman.
Animal husbandry is the backbone of the economy of Khatumo State. Camel, cattle, goats and sheep are exported from the region and other parts of northern Somalia to neighboring Gulf Arab countries, such as Saudi Arabia. In rural areas, some farming is also practiced.
Khatumo State's social and economic infrastructure is in the gradual process of rehabilitation after a prolonged period of conflict. Remittances sent by Somali expatriates to relatives in the region contribute significantly to the local economy. Through the construction of a new air transportation facility, Khatumo officials have sought to encourage the repatriation of SSC residents. The returnees would in turn be accommodated in newly built hotels, restaurants and other businesses, which would serve to create additional employment opportunities.
Air transportation in Khatumo State is served by the Taleh Airport (Taleex Airport). The facility is named in honor of Sayyid Mohamed Abdullah Hassan, leader of the Dervish State. Air travel to Taleh Airport was planned and organized by Khatumo officials. On 4 December 2012, the airport hosted its inaugural flight from Mogadishu, the national capital.
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