Jama Korshel

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Jama Korshel
جامع قورشيل
Chief of Somali Police until 1970 Mr. Jama Qorsheel.jpg
Born Erigavo, Somalia
Died Mogadishu, Somalia
Years of service 1950s-1970s
Rank General

Jama Korshel (Somali: Jamac Qorsheel, Arabic: جامع قورشيل‎) was a Somali army Major General and former Head of the Somali Police Force. He was the Vice President of the Supreme Revolutionary Council.

Biography[edit]

Korshel was born in the town of Erigavo, situated in the northern Sanaag region of Somalia.

He was a leader in the Somali National League (SNL) when British Somaliland gained its independence in 1960. Following the establishment of the Somali Republic and the assassination of the young nation's second president, Abdirashid Ali Sharmarke, Korshel would later emerge as one of the key figures in the putsch which saw the military junta of Major General Mohamed Siad Barre into power. He was appointed Vice President of the new Supreme Revolutionary Council (SRC) that assumed office, and put in charge of Internal Affairs.[1]

In 1970, an alleged counter-coup d'état attempt, reportedly masterminded by Korshel, was uncovered.[2] Korshel was subsequently arrested in April 1971,[3] until 1975, when he was released from prison. Korshel later embarked on a business career.

He died in 1989 in London, England, and was subsequently flown to Mecca, where a religious ceremony was held in his honor before finally being laid to rest in Mogadishu.

Korshel's son, Said Korshel, would later follow in his father's footsteps, entering politics and serving in the Puntland regional administration as a minister between 2002-2007.

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  1. ^ Legum, p.177
  2. ^ Ottaway, p.64
  3. ^ Burke, p.233

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