Somalia’s former president Ali Mahdi Mohamed has died in Kenya’s capital Nairobi. It is reported that the 83 year old succumbed to Covid-19 complications.
The spokesperson of the Ministry of Information Isamel Mukhtaar confirmed the death in a tweet stating that Former President Ali Mahdi passed away in Nairobi Kenya.
The 82-year-old ex-president died on Wednesday night at the Nairobi Hospital.
Somalia President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmaajo has announced the lowering of the Republic flag for three days to mourn the death of the former President and the appointment of a National Funeral Committee for the deceased.
Farmaajo and a host of several opposition politicians condoled with his family, describing Mr Mahdi as a man who loved his country.
“He played his part in saving our country during difficult times,” said Former President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud.
“May God give patience and faith to the Somali people and the family he left behind.” He added
Ali Mahdi Mohamed was the fourth president of Somalia. He came to power on January 26, 1991, and served until January 1997.
He was born in the Mahaday District of the Middle Shabelle region in 1939 and became a member of parliament in 1968.
In 1969 he joined the civilian parliament before the military coup.
He was also a businessman before he was elected president of Somalia in 1991 when the military government was overthrown.
He worked for the Somali Ministry of Health, specifically for the Malaria Project.