- Somaliland wants to be recognized as an independent country
- Currently 54 African countries are members of the UN
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(CNN)Somaliland President Ahmed Mohamed Silanyo recently claimed that more than one million citizens, out of the country's population of 3.4 million, had signed a petition calling for the international community to recognise Somaliland.