Haji Bashir Ismail Yusuf

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Haji Bashir Ismail Yusuf
حاجي بشير اسماعيل يوسف
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Minister of Health and Labour of the Somali Republic
In office
Prime Minister Abdirizak Haji Hussein
President of the Somali National Assembly
In office
July 1, 1960 – mid-1960s
Prime Minister Abdirashid Ali Shermarke
Succeeded by Jama Abdullahi Qalib
Personal details
Born 1912
Hobyo, Somalia
Died (aged 72)
Cairo, Egypt
Political party Somali Youth League
Religion Islam

Haji Bashir Ismail Yusuf (Somali: Xaaji Bashiir Ismaaciil Yuusuf, Arabic: حاجي بشير اسماعيل يوسف‎) (b. 1912 in Hobyo, Somalia – d. 1984 in Cairo, Egypt), also spelled Hagi Bashir Ismail Yousuf, was a Somali politician. He was a prominent Somali Youth League (SYL) member, and the first President of the Somali National Assembly during the Somali Republic's early civilian administration.

Personal life[edit]

Early years[edit]

Yusuf was born in 1912 in the town of Hobyo (Obbia), situated in the north-central Mudug region of Somalia.[1] The city and larger region were at the time ruled by the Sultanate of Hobyo, established by Sultan Yusuf Ali Kenadid.

Yusuf hailed from the Majeerteen sub-clan of the Harti Darod .[1]


Yusuf's daughter Saida Haji Bashir Ismail later also entered politics. She served as Vice Minister of Finance in the Transitional National Government (TNG) between 2000 and 2004.[2] His son Abdullahi Haji Bashir Ismail is a Deputy Director-General of Somali Immigration and Naturalization, as well as a writer of politics and history.[3] Additionally, Yusuf was also a relative of the Somali-Italian actor and musician Jonis Bashir.


Yusuf was a prominent member of the Somali Youth League (SYL), the country's first political party. He joined the organization in 1943,[1] when the SYL was founded as the Somali Youth Club (SYC). The SYL's nationalist constituents were strongly influenced by the religious rebellion at the turn of the 20th century of Mohammed Abdullah Hassan ("Mad Mullah").[4]

In an administrative capacity, Yusuf initially worked in the parliament of the Trust Territory of Somalia as an MP (Deputato) for the northeastern town of Bosaso. The area had previously formed a part of the Majeerteen Sultanate (Migiurtinia). On July 1, 1960, Somalia's independence day, the Somali National Assembly headed by Haji Bashir Ismail Yusuf approved the act of union, joining the Trust Territory of Somalia (former Italian Somaliland) with the State of Somaliland (former British Somaliland). This established the Somali Republic, and Yusuf began serving as the first President of the Somali National Assembly. He was succeeded in office by Jama Abdullahi Qalib.[1]

From mid-1960 to mid-1966, Yusuf was elected a Vice-President of the Somali National Assembly, where he worked alongside Ahmed Gumanc.[5]

Yusuf was subsequently appointed Minister of Health and Labour in 1966, forming a key part of the Somali Republic's early civilian administration.[6]

After a long career in Somali politics, Yusuf eventually retired to Cairo, Egypt. He died there on January 2, 1984, at the age of 72.[1]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e "H. E. Hagi Bashir Ismail Yousuf". Puntlandi. Retrieved 12 May 2013. 
  2. ^ "Wasiirka 1aad oo magacaabay intii ka hartay Golihiisa Wasiirrada". Banadir. Retrieved 28 June 2013. 
  3. ^ Ismail, Abdullahi Hagi Bashir. "Markii ugu horeysay magacyadii guddigii mideynta soomaaliya". Puntland News. Retrieved 28 June 2013. 
  4. ^ I. M. Lewis, A pastoral democracy: a study of pastoralism and politics among the Northern Somali of the Horn of Africa, (LIT Verlag Münster: 1999), p.304.
  5. ^ Foreign Broadcast Information Service, Daily report: People's Republic of China, Issues 192-214, (Distributed by National Technical Information Service: 1968), p.68.
  6. ^ Europa Publications Limited, The Middle East and North Africa, Volume 13, (Europa Publications.: 1966), p.570.


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