Hundreds of people gathered in Dire-dhaba to welcome Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF).
The euphoric crowd waved flags of Somali Regional State and ONLF all over the town.
On their part, ONLF leaders addressed the crowd and emphasized the importance of unity among the Somalis at this critical transition period.
Similar events were also held by Dulmidid social justice movement in Jigjiga last night, commemorating the first year anniversary since the movement was established.
Somali analysts consider these rallies as a mark of political maturity which heralds multi-party democracy and the onset of competitive politics in Somali region.