Dahir Riyale Kahin

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Dahir Riyale Kahin
ضاهر ريالي كاهن
President of Somaliland
In office
3 May 2002 – 27 July 2010
Vice President Ahmed Yusuf Yasin
Preceded by Muhammad Haji Ibrahim Egal
Succeeded by Ahmed Mahamoud Silanyo
Personal details
Born (1952-03-12) 12 March 1952 (age 62)
Quljeed, British Somaliland
Political party United Peoples' Democratic Party
Spouse(s) Huda Barkhad
Religion Islam

Dahir Rayale Kahin (Somali: Dahir Rayale Kahin, Arabic: ضاهر ريالي كاهن‎) (born 12 March 1952) in Quljeed was the third President of Somaliland, a self-declared republic that is internationally recognized as a part of Somalia.[1][2] He became the third president of Somaliland on May 3, 2002, after the death of Muhammad Haji Ibrahim Egal. He won elections on April 14, 2003, representing the Ururka Dimuqraadiga Umada Bahawday (UDUB), or United Democratic People's Party, and was sworn into office on May 16, 2003.


Kahin was born in the town of Quljeed in the northwestern Awdal region of British Somaliland. He was educated in Amoud, and was later trained in Mogadishu.

Kahin's previous posts included a diplomatic position at the Somali Embassy in Djibouti, intelligence in the government of former president Mohamed Siad Barre, a stint as governor of Awdal and as a businessman, and a term as vice president of Somaliland (1997–2002).

Throughout the period that Rayale was president of Somaliland, he maintained peace and tranquility of Somaliland. In addition, his administration contributed to state-building and institutional development. In terms of democratization, his administration successfully organized local council election, parliamentary election and two presidential elections, all dubbed by the international community as free and fair. Mostly, importantly, Somali people consider him as a great statesman, following his peaceful transfer of power to the incumbent president, Ahmed Silanyo.

Service in the Barre government[edit]

In the last years of the Barre government, during the 1980s, Kahin was the highest-ranking National Security Service (NSS) officer in Berbera.[3]

In 2003, Kahin became the first elected President of Somaliland.


  1. ^ The Transitional Federal Charter of the Somali Republic: "The Somali Republic shall have the following boundaries. (a) North; Gulf of Aden. (b) North West; Djibouti. (c) West; Ethiopia. (d) South south-west; Kenya. (e) East; Indian Ocean."
  2. ^ CIA - The World Factbook - Somalia
  3. ^ Human Rights Watch (Organization), Chris Albin-Lackey, Hostages to peace: threats to human rights and democracy in Somaliland, (Human Rights Watch: 2009), p.13.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Abdirahman Aw Ali Farah
Vice President of Somaliland
Succeeded by
Ahmed Yusuf Yasin
Preceded by
Muhammad Haji Ibrahim Egal
President of Somaliland
Succeeded by
Ahmed Mahamoud Silanyo