Famous People From Somalia  

The politics of many African countries has created a furor in the continent and then there is abject poverty and disease. However, even then some politicians have stood out for their good deeds while others for their notoriety. Somalia has been no different. Here are some famous people from Somalia who were instrumental in sculpting the nation's politics and history.

Famous People from Somalia:

Mohamed Haji Ibrahim Egal -- He was born on August 15, 1928 in Odweyne, British Somaliland. He was a Somali politician. He was president of the self-proclaimed and internationally unrecognized Republic of Somaliland in northern Somalia in 1993. He managed to disarm the rebel groups, stabilized the north western region and economy of Somaliland. He was successful in establishing bilateral trade with foreign countries. He created the most successful armed police and military force in Somalia. He died in Pretoria, South Africa on May 3, 2002 while undergoing surgery.

Abdullahi Issa Mohamud (1922 - 1988) -- He was the first Prime Minister of Somalia. He was a student when World War II broke out. He joined the Somali Youth League when it was started. He became leader of the party and the Secretary General. He became the first prime minister in 1956. He was re-elected in 1959.

Aden Abdulle Osman Daar (1908 - 2007) -- He was born in Belet Weyne. When Somalia gained independence on July 1, 1960, he became the first president of the country. In the election held in 1967 he was defeated by Abdirashid Ali Shermarke, his former prime minister. However, his successor Shermarke did not last long as he was assassinated two years later and the army seized power. He died in Nairobi on June 8, 2007 at the age of 99.

Abdirashid Ali Shermarke (October 16, 1919 - October 15, 1969) -- He was president of Somalia from June 10, 1967 until his assassination on October 15, 1969. He studied abroad in Italy. When Somalia gained independence on July 1, 1960, he was appointed prime minister by the president of the country. In the 1967 presidential election, he defeated the president in office and became president. While he was on a visit to the northern town of Las Anod, he was shot dead by his body guard.

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