- Self-declared government based in the United Kingdom says it will push for recognition at the United Nations.
Dissident political leaders from the Indian state of Manipur on Tuesday said they were unilaterally declaring independence from India and forming a government-in-exile in Britain.
The former princely state became part of India in 1949, two years after the country won independence from Britain, but has since seen decades-long violent separatist campaigns.
Narengbam Samarjit, external affairs minister in the self-declared Manipur State Council, said the exiled government would push for recognition at the United Nations.
"We will run the de jure exiled government here ... from today onwards," he told reporters in London after a declaration of independence first announced in Manipur in 2012 was read aloud.
"We will seek recognition from different nations ... to become a [UN] member. We hope many of the countries will recognise our independence."
Manipur, one of India's smallest states with a population of about just 2.8 million people, is one of the so-called "Seven Sisters" - a group of restive northeastern states.
Calls for self-determination by dependent territories across the world seem to be growing with the latest calls coming from Greenland, news which must re-assure other territories agitating for self-determination like Barotseland that they are not alone in their struggle for independence because seeking self-determination is neither a crime nor is it abnormal.
Only 4% of citizens have voted for the Spanish Prime Minister’s party which suspended self-rule in Catalonia and forced the snap election after dismissing the Catalan government, as the pro-independence parties keep their majority in the Catalan election.
The results of the snap election are a severe blow to the Spanish government which had hoped the vote would halt the push for secession.
Meanwhile, Catalonia secessionist parties have declared victory in the regional elections which attracted a record turnout of more than 82%, dispelling fears that holding the election on a weekday rather than the usual Sunday would hit turnout.
Original by NORIMITSU ONISHIDEC. 18, 2017, The New York Times.
JOHANNESBURG — In a humbling rebuke to President Jacob Zuma of South Africa, the African National Congress chose an anti-apartheid hero and business tycoon as its new leader on Monday, positioning him to become Mr. Zuma’s successor.
Dear President Mugabe,
I am writing this open letter to you which I am aware is not the normal method of communication between leaders.
Mr. President, I am writing to appeal to you to be sensitive to the wishes of the people of Zimbabwe and to do the honourable thing by voluntarily relinquishing power as the President of Zimbabwe.
The Spanish government will consider holding a nationwide referendum on changing the constitution to allow for legal independence referendums, the foreign minister says.
THE controversy surrounding the struggle for Catalan independence from Spain has crossed over the border, as 'Northern Catalans' are now demanding freedom from France to unite with Catalonia, the Express has reported.
FINLAND could be the first country to officially recognise Catalonia as a republic state, in a move that would put the Scandinavian country in direct opposition to the European Union (EU), the Express has reported.
President Carles Puigdemont says he will pursue negotiations with Spanish government in hope of resolving conflict.
The overwhelming majority of Catalans who participated in the banned referendum have voted in favor of independence from Spain, the Catalan government has announced.