A new political party, the National Union for Independence which was formed in Djibouti on the 2nd of December, was inaugurated on Sunday (21 December).
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Background: A new political party, the National Union for Independence which was formed in Djibouti on the 2nd of December, was inaugurated on Sunday (21 December).
The party's Chairman, Omar Farah Iltireh, a Deputy in the National Assembly, said one of the main tasks of the party would be to unite all the ethnic groups in the territory of the Afars and Issas.
Answering reporters' questions, he said the party was formed mainly to pave the way for independence.
He said that with the formation of the party, it is hoped to group under ideal conditions the majority of the population who have something to offer.
He declared that one of the first tasks of the party would be to inform members of the public of the policies which it intended to follow.
Mr. Iltireh expressed the view that through the new party, the young people of the territory would be able to play an increasing role in the movement towards independence.
SYNOPSIS: Thousands of people came out to the town square in Djibouti on Sunday to show their support for the National Union for Independence, a new political party which was being inaugurated. The party, which was formed on 2 December in the presence of President Ali Aref Bourhan, has as one of its chief aims the unity of the people of different ethnic origins in the territory of the Afars and Issas. Answering reporters' questions, the Party Chairman, National Assembly Deputy Omar Farah Iltireh said the Party was formed specifically to pave the way for independence from France.
The main obstacles to independence, according to the President, come from the territory's neighbours, the Ethiopians and the Somalis. Ethiopia is saying that the territory was part of its empire and the French took it as a loan. And Somalia says it used to be named the Somali coast and when the French leave it, it should be returned to Somalia.
With Angola now independent, the territory of the Afars and Issas and the Spanish Sahara are the only territories on the African continent still ruled from Europe. The territory's President believes that if the French leave without guarantees, the Afar and Issas could be in danger of attack from either Somalia of Ethiopia.