Haji Bashir Ismail Yusuf
|Haji Bashir Ismail Yusuf
حاجي بشير اسماعيل يوسف
|Minister of Health and Labour of the Somali Republic|
|Prime Minister||Abdirizak Haji Hussein|
|President of the Somali National Assembly|
July 1, 1960 – mid-July 1960
|Prime Minister||Abdirashid Ali Shermarke|
|Preceded by||Aden Abdulle Osman|
|Succeeded by||Jama Abdullahi Qalib|
|Died|| (aged 72)
|Political party||Somali Youth League|
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, speaker of the SOMALIA ACT OF UNION, and the first President of the Somali National Assembly during the Somali Republic's early civilian administration.
Yusuf's daughter Saida Haji Bashir Ismail later also entered politics. She served as Somali Finance Vice-Minister in the Transitional National Government (TNG) between 2000 and 2004. His son Mr. Abdullahi Hagi Bashir Ismail is a First Deputy Director-General of Somali Immigration and Naturalization, One of the high rank Senior Somali Administration Officers, as well as a writer of politics and history. Additionally, Yusuf was also a relative of the Somali-Italian actor and musician Jonis Bashir, and the Somali Politician and businessman Haji Mohamed Yasin Ismail.
Yusuf was a prominent member of the Somali Youth League (SYL), the country's first political party. He joined the organization in 1943, 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").
In an administrative capacity, Yusuf initially worked in the parliament of the Trust Territory of Somaliland as an MP (Deputato) for the northeastern town of Bosaso. He was also part of a six-member Somali Youth League delegation who made an appeal for early independence before the Four-Power Commission.
On July 1, 1960, Somalia's independence day, the Somali National Assembly headed by Yusuf approved the act of union, joining the Trust Territory of Somaliland (former Italian Somaliland) with the former British Somaliland protectorate. 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.
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