Former Somalia president dies at Kenyan hospital

By BBC On Thu, 11 Mar, 2021 10:44 | < 1 min read
Ali Mahdi Mohamed
Ali Mahdi Mohamed was president from 1991 to 2000. PHOTO | BBC

Somalia’s former president, Ali Mahdi Mohamed, died on Wednesday at a hospital in neighbouring Kenya aged 82.

He rose to power in 1991 after the overthrow of President Siad Barre and stayed in office until 2000. He was succeeded by Abdiqasim Salad Hassan.

President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo has said flags will fly at half-mast for three days in honour of the former president.

A national funeral committee has also been appointed, Mr Farmajo said.

Politicians and former government officials have been sending messages of condolence.

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