"Somali Warlord Made Regional 'President'."
"Resistance Army Sets Up Autonomous Region."
Hassan Mohamed Nur Shatigadud, the leader of the Rahanwein Resistance Army (RRA), has established a new autonomous region in the southwestern portion of Somalia (Bay and Bakoi regions) that will be known as the state of Southwestern Somalia. This area becomes the third former region of Somalia to declare independence or autonomy since the collapse of the centralized government in 1991. The new autonomous region would be known as the state of Southwestern Somalia. The RRA central committee as well as elders from the Digil and Mirifle clans reached the decision to create the new state. Shatigadud faced no opposition and was elected by "acclamation" by those at the meeting. The creation of this new autonomous region may force the Somali Reconciliation and Restoration Council (SRRC) to collapse due to the fact that the RRA now controls the areas in which the SRRC operates leaves the SRRC with little control.
The creation of this new autonomous state makes the creation of a cohesive and inclusive state of Somalia more difficult. Somalia remains very fractionalized and the people lack a sense of national unity. As Somalia continues to divide into smaller autonomous regions it raises the concern of whether Somalia can ever completely unify again or whether it is destined to factionalism.
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