Aden Adde

Aden Abdulle Osman Daar (Somali: Aadan Cabdulle Cismaan Dacar, Arabic: آدم عبد الله عثمان دعر) (December 9, 1908 June 8, 2007), popularly known as Aden Adde, was a Somali politician who served as the first president of the Somali Republic from July 1, 1960 to July 6, 1967.[1] He previously served in the Somali Youth League In 1944. In 1946, he was named Secretary of the party's section in Beledweyne, Somalia. In 1951, the Mudug Regional Council appointed him for the Regional Council, and two years later, he became Vice President of the Regional Council. From 1954 until 1956, he was the President of the Somali Youth League. He was re-elected in May 1958, and he continued to hold this position simultaneously along with that of President of the Legislative Assembly until 1960, Succeeded by his deputy Hagi Bashir Ismail Yussuf as President of Somalia National Assembly.

Aden Adde
Adde in the 1950s
1st President of Somalia
In office
1 July 1960[1]  6 July 1967[1]
Prime MinisterAbdirashid Ali Shermarke
Preceded byInaugural
Succeeded byAbdirashid Ali Shermarke
Chairman of the National Legislative Assembly
In office
29 February 1956  1 July 1960
Preceded byOffice established
Succeeded byHagi Bashir Ismail
Personal details
Born(1908-12-09)9 December 1908
Beledweyne, Italian Somalia (now Somalia)
Died8 June 2007(2007-06-08) (aged 98)
Nairobi, Kenya
NationalitySomali
Political partySomali Youth League (SYL)

Osman Daar was born in Beledweyne, Somalia. He studied at government schools, and worked as a community organizer. Somalia was colonized by the Italian government from 1889 to 1941. From 1929 to 1941, Osman Daar served in the Italian Colonial Administration advocating for Somalia's independence from colonization. He was a proponent for the unity of all Somalis.

In 1960, Osman Daar garnered national attention, and won the favor of the Somali people. He was formally and democratically elected as the first president of the Somalia on July 1, 1960. On July 1, 1960, the United Nations approved the Somalia's independence, and subsequently united with the former British protectorate of British Somalia, which had already obtained its independence on June 26, 1960. His administration was focused on dismantling the legacy of colonialism and fostering unity among the Somali people.


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