Azania declares independence from Somalia

I almost completely missed this, there was next to no media reporting on it at all. Bizzarely, the only Australian media outlet to mention it was Brisbane’s Courier Mail yesterday.

There’s a new, Kenyan-supported breakaway state from Somalia. Somalia is the world’s least functional state; it has no real government to speak of and has been in a state of complete anarchy for 20 years. The single most powerful group in Somalia is the Islamist group Al-Shabab, members of which were recently convicted of planning a terror attack on an Australian army base in Sydney, so this is pretty significant, one would think.

Also note that another state-but-not-a-state in Somalia, Somaliland, possibly the most functional democracy in North Africa. I guess no one cares about the non-Arab Africans though…

Somalia creates new state, Azania – CBS News.

(AP)  NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Somali politicians are creating a new state in the battle-scarred nation, bringing the number of regional administrations to at least 10.

The creation of Azania was celebrated Sunday in a colorful ceremony in Kenya’s capital. But the country’s fragile government is condemning the move, saying it fractures the already chaotic nation.

Kenya supports the new administration as it creates a buffer zone near its border with Somalia.

Azania President Mohamed Abdi Gandhi says his first duty is to retake his territory from an al-Qaida-linked militant group al-Shabab.

Somalia has been mired in violence since 1991.

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