Hargeisa- The Somaliland President Ahmed Mohamed Mohamud "Silaanyo" has officially awarded military ranks to the Somaliland Forces.
In a move that had been anticipated widely in Somaliland, and which formed a part of Kulmiye's campaign pledges prior to the presidential elections in 2010, the president awarded 12 seniors officers their rank insignia.
The officers included all heads of Somaliland's forces, The Somaliland Defence Forces commander, the Somaliland Police Forces commander, the head of the Custodial Corps and the commander of the Somaliland Naval Forces.
The Somaliland Defence Forces commander was awarded the rank of Major-General whilst all other services head were awarded the ranks of Brigadier Generals.
It is anticipated the ranks and file of all of Somaliland's Armed Forces will be awarded their ranks in the coming weeks and months.
In a historic day for the Somaliland Armed Forces which had for more than two decades eschewed ranks insignia, and instead operated on a chain of command based on meritocracy, reputation and mutual respect.
All in all, these new development in the structure of the Somaliland Armed Forces will not in any way dilute the operations capacity of the forces who have a reputation for cooperation, obedience, and mutual respects among all its members.
The list of the officers awarded their ranks;
Ismail Shaqale, Major-General, Somaliland Defence Forces Commander
Abdillahi Fadal Iman, Brigadier General, Somaliland Police Commander
Mohamed Hussein Hirane, Brigadier General, Custodial Corp Commander
Ahmed Osman Hassan, Rear Admiral, Somalilad Naval Forces Commander
Abdillahi Alas, Brigadier General, Somaliland Defence Forces, Chief of Staff
Libah Rayaale, Brigadier General, Somaliland Defence Forces, Deputy -Chief of Staff
Mohamed Aden Saqadhi, Colonel, Somaliland Defence Forces, Armed Forces Command
Abdirahman Fohle, Brigadier General, Somaliland Police Force, Deputy-Commander
Dahir Ali Wa'ays, Brigadier General, Somaliland Police Force, Deputy-Commander
Hassan Ali Dhere, Brigadier General, Custodial Corps, Deputy-Commander
Ali Omar Ahmed, Brigadier General, Custodial Corps, Deputy-Commander
Reer Admiral, Deputy Commander, Somaliland Naval Forces.