Somalia:HirShabelle to be Name of New Regional State
On October 4th 2016, following a vote by constituency assembly member, Jowhar was nominated as the capital for the forthcoming regional state combining Hiiraan & Middle Shabelle. The process was overseen and reviewed by the Ministry of the Interior & Federalism. A new process was conducted offering 30 names as well as indicative symbols, prompting hundreds of responses on social media. As a result, the name for the new state was agreed to be HirShabelle and Jowhar was confirmed as the state capital.