|Years of service||1950s-1970s|
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.
In 1970, an alleged counter-coup d'état attempt, reportedly masterminded by Korshel, was uncovered. Korshel was subsequently arrested in April 1971, until 1975, when he was released from prison. Korshel later embarked on a business career.
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