List of presidents of Somaliland

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President of the Republic of Somaliland
Madaxweynaha Jamhuuriyadda Somaliland
رئيس جمهورية أرض الصومال
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National Emblem of Somaliland
Muse Bihi Abdi

since 13 December 2017 (2017-12-13)
StyleHis Excellency
Mr. President
ResidencePresidential Palace - Qasriga Madaxtooyada JSL
SeatHargeisa (1991–present)
AppointerDirect election
Term lengthTwo consecutive 5-year terms
Constitution of Somaliland
Constituting instrumentConstitution of the Republic of Somaliland
Formation18 May 1991 (1991-05-18)
First holderAbdirahman Ahmed Ali Tuur as the first President in 1991
DeputyVice President of Somaliland (in 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.

List of officeholders[edit]

No. Portrait President
Elected Term of Office Party
Took office Left office Duration
1 Tuur.jpg Abdirahman Ahmed Ali Tuur
28 May 1991 16 May 1993 1 year,

352 days

Somali National Movement (SNM)
Mohammed Haaji Ibrahim Cigaal.jpg Muhammad Haji Ibrahim Egal
16 May 1993  3 May 2002 8 years,

350 days

(until 2001)
2 United Peoples' Democratic Party (UDUB)
3 Dahir Riyale Kahin.jpg Dahir Riyale Kahin
2003 3 May 2002 27 July 2010 8 years,

84 days

United Peoples' Democratic Party (UDUB)
4 Ahmed Mohamed Mohamoud Silanyo - Chatham House 2010.jpg Ahmed Mohamed Mohamoud
2010 27 July 2010 13 December 2017 7 years,

137 days

Peace, Unity, and Development Party (KULMIYE)
5 Musabehi123.jpg Muse Bihi Abdi
2017 13 December 2017 present 1 year,

313 days

Peace, Unity, and Development Party (KULMIYE)

Latest election[edit]

On 21 November 2017 the NEC anounoced that Muse Bihi Abdi of the ruling Kulmiye party polled 55.1% of votes to emerge winner. His closest contender was Abdirahman Irro of the Waddani party who polled 40.7% with Faysal Ali Warabe finishing last with 4.2% of votes.[5]

Candidate Party Votes %
Muse Bihi Abdi Peace, Unity, and Development Party 305,909 55.10
Abdirahman Mohamed Abdullahi Waddani 226,092 40.73
Faisal Ali Warabe For Justice and Development 23,141 4.17
Invalid/blank votes
Total 555,142 100
Registered voters/turnout 80
Source: Somalia Update

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "The Transitional Federal Charter of the Somali Republic" (PDF). University of Pretoria. 1 February 2004. Archived from the original (PDF) on 18 December 2008. Retrieved 2 February 2010. "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 (2 June 2009). "No Winner Seen in Somalia's Battle With Chaos". New York Times. Retrieved 2 February 2010.
  3. ^ "Somaliland Marks Independence After 73 Years of British Rule" (fee required). The New York Times. 26 June 1960. p. 6. Retrieved 20 June 2008.
  4. ^ "How Britain said farewell to its Empire". BBC News. 23 July 2010.
  5. ^ Somaliland ruling party candidate wins Nov. 13 polls – media reports AFrica News, 21 November 2017

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