|Khatumo State of Somalia
|Anthem: Qolobaa Calankeed|
and largest city
|Government||Autonomous presidential democracy|
|•||President||Ali Khalif Galaydh|
|•||Vice President||Abdul Sulub|
|Autonomy within Somalia|
|Currency||Somali shilling (SOS)|
|Time zone||EAT (UTC+3)|
|•||Summer (DST)||not observed (UTC+3)|
|Calling code||+252 (Somalia)|
Khatumo State (Somali: Khaatumo, Arabic: ولاية خاتمة), officially the Khatumo State of Somalia (Somali: Dowlad Goboleedka Khaatumo ee Soomaaliya), is a region in northern Somalia. Centered on the Sool, Sanaag and Cayn or SSC provinces, its leaders declared the territory an autonomous state in 2012.
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 forces 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.
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.
Most residents belong to the Somali ethnic group, with the Dhulbahante sub-clan of the Harti Darod especially well represented. Other clans with a presence in the region include the Faqashini-Ayr, Abdirahman Harti (Kaskiqabe) and Gabooye.
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.
- Ahmed Elmi Osman (Karaash) - until 2013
- Abdinuur Elmi Qaaji (Biindhe) - until 2013
- Mohamed Yusuf Jama (Indhosheel) - until 2014
- Abdifatah H Sulub
As of April 2012, the executive branch of the Khatumo State administration included:
- Supreme Council of Traditional Leaders
- Executive Council (G10 or Group 10)
- Presidential Council (with three presidents and ministers)
- Parliament Council
- Ahmed Gacmayare, Minister for Information and Culture
- Farduus Mohamed Mire, Minister for International Relations and Diaspora
- 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
- Yasiin Ahmed Sulub, Minister for Interior Affairs
- 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.
Livestock is the backbone of the Khatumo State's economy. 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.
Additionally, the Ismail Mire International Airport began providing flights to and from Buuhoodle in April 2014.
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