Dahir Riyale Kahin
|Dahir Rayale Kahin
ضاهر ريالي كاهن
|President of Somaliland|
3 May 2002 – 27 July 2010
|Vice President||Ahmed Yusuf Yasin|
|Preceded by||Muhammad Haji Ibrahim Egal|
|Succeeded by||Ahmed Mahamoud Silanyo|
12 March 1952 |
Quljeed, British Somaliland
|Political party||United Peoples' Democratic Party|
Dahir Rayale Kahin (Somali: Dahir Rayale Kahin, Arabic: ضاهر ريالي كاهن) (born 12 March 1952) was the third President of Somaliland, a self-declared republic that is internationally recognized as a part of Somalia. 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'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
In 2003, Kahin became the first elected President of Somaliland.
- 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."
- CIA - The World Factbook - Somalia
- Human Rights Watch (Organization), Chris Albin-Lackey, Hostages to peace: threats to human rights and democracy in Somaliland, (Human Rights Watch: 2009), p.13.
- (Brief history of Somaliland)
-  (Somalilandnet.com)
-  (Somaliland.org)
-  (Somalilandtimes.net)
-  (waayaha.net)
Abdirahman Aw Ali Farah
|Vice President of Somaliland
Ahmed Yusuf Yasin
Muhammad Haji Ibrahim Egal
|President of Somaliland
Ahmed Mahamoud Silanyo