|| Somaliland - Republic of Somaliland|
The Republic of Somaliland (Soomaaliland, أرض الصومال Arḍ aṣ-Ṣūmāl) is an unrecognized de facto sovereign state located in the Horn of Africa. In May 18, 1991, the major Somaliland clan, namely Isaqs, declared independence from ► Somalia. The Republic of Somaliland claims to include five administrative regions with governor as highest ranking leader of each region. The Republic of Somaliland considers itself to be the successor state of the former British Somaliland protectorate. The area encompasses roughly the former British Somaliland protectorate, an area of about 137,600 square kilometres (53,128 sq mi), which was briefly an independent country for five days in June 26, 1960. It is bordered by ► Ethiopia on the south, ► Djibouti on the west, the Gulf of Aden on the north, and the autonomous Puntland region of Somalia on the east. It has maritime borders with ► Yemen. The capital of Somaliland is Hargeisa.