List of Presidents of Somaliland

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President of the Republic of Somaliland
Ahmed Mohamed Mohamoud Silanyo - Chatham House 2010.jpg
Ahmed Mohamed Mohamoud

since 27 July 2010 (2010-07-27)
Style His Excellency (if male)
Mr. President (if male)
Residence Presidential Palace - Qasriga Madaxtooyada JSL
Seat Hargeisa (1991-present)
Appointer Direct election
Term length Two consecutive 4-year terms
Constitution of Somaliland
Constituting instrument Constitution of the Republic of Somaliland
Formation 18 May 1991 (1991-05-18)
First holder Abdirahman Ahmed Ali Tuur as the first President in 1991
Deputy Abdirahman Saylici
Website (English)
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This is a list of Presidents of the Republic of Somaliland, a self-declared republic that is internationally recognized as an autonomous region of Somalia.[1][2] The Republic of Somaliland regards itself as the successor state to British Somaliland, which was independent for a few days in 1960 as the State of Somaliland.[3][4] The President of the Republic of Somaliland is an executive head of state, also functioning as the head of government. There is no Prime Minister.

Presidents of the Republic of Somaliland (1991–present)[edit]

(Dates in italics indicate de facto continuation of office)

Tenure Portrait Incumbent Affiliation Notes
28 May 1991 to 16 May 1993 Tuur.jpg Abdirahman Ahmed Ali Tuur, President SNM
16 May 1993 to 3 May 2002 Mohammed Haaji Ibrahim Cigaal.jpg Muhammad Haji Ibrahim Egal, President SNM/UDUB Died in office.
3 May 2002 to 27 July 2010 Dahir Riyale Kahin, President UDUB
27 July 2010 to Present Ahmed Mohamed Mohamoud Silanyo - Chatham House 2010.jpg Ahmed Mohamed Mohamoud, President KULMIYE


Latest election[edit]

e • d Summary of the 26 June 2010 Somaliland presidential election results
Candidate Running mate Party Votes %
Ahmed Mahamoud Silanyo Abdirahman Saylici KULMIYE 266,906 49.59
Dahir Riyale Kahin Ahmed Yusuf Yasin UDUB 178,881 33.23
Faysal Cali Warabe Mohammad Rashid UCID 92,459 17.18
Valid votes 538,246 100.00
Invalid votes not reported
Total 538,246 100.00
Electorate and turnout 1,069,914 50.31
Source: Somaliland National Electoral Commission (PDF)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "The Transitional Federal Charter of the Somali Republic" (PDF). University of Pretoria. 2004-02-01. Retrieved 2010-02-02.  "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."
  2. ^ Gettleman, Jeffrey (2009-06-02). "No Winner Seen in Somalia's Battle With Chaos". New York Times. Retrieved 2010-02-02. 
  3. ^ "Somaliland Marks Independence After 73 Years of British Rule" (fee required). The New York Times. 1960-06-26. p. 6. Retrieved 2008-06-20. 
  4. ^ "How Britain said farewell to its Empire". BBC News. 23 July 2010.