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Title:The Somali Youth League constitution: a handwritten Arabic copy (c. 1947?) from the Ethiopian Security Forces Archives in Harär
Authors:Abuhakema, Ghazi
Carmichael, TimISNI
Periodical:Journal of Eastern African Studies (ISSN 1753-1063)
Geographic term:Somalia
Subjects:political parties
political history
party structure
Arabic language
External link:https://doi.org/10.1080/17531055.2010.517415
Abstract:The group founded in 1943 as the Somali Youth Club (SYC) and reorganized in 1947 as the Somali Youth League (SYL) dominated Somali politics for decades, yet has been subjected to little focused scholarship. This article briefly summarizes the SYL's history; reproduces and translates an Arabic copy of the party's constitution which is housed in the Harärgé branch of the Security Forces Archives in neighbouring Ethiopia; and comments on the problematic nature of the document's Arabic. This version of the SYL constitution is part of the SYL's history in Ethiopia, as well as the group's changing and poorly understood relationships with the Addis Ababa government and Ethiopia's security forces headquarters in Jijjiga and Harär. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]