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SOMALILAND TO DEPORT TIKTOK STAR OVER SOMALI FLAG

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A court in the self-declared republic of Somaliland has ordered the deportation to Somalia of a popular social media star after a video was released of him drinking tea which was decorated with the image of the Somali flag.

Bilal Bulshawi, who is known by Somalis as “the president of TikTok”, has been in detention for nearly two months.

Somaliland, which broke away from Somalia nearly 30 years ago, has punished others for displaying the Somali flag.

In 2015, members of a popular band were arrested on return to Somaliland after they waved the Somali flag at a concert in Mogadishu.