Hassan Sheikh Mohamud

Hassan Sheikh Mohamud (Somali: Xasan Sheekh Maxamuud, Arabic: حسن شيخ محمود; born 29 November 1955)[1] is a Somali politician who has served as the president of Somalia since May 2022.[2] He is the founder and current chairman of the Union for Peace and Development Party. He was elected as President of the Federal Republic of Somalia on 15 May 2022, defeating the incumbent president Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed. He previously served in the same position as the 8th president of Somalia from 2012 to 2017. A civil and political rights activist, Hassan was previously a university professor and dean.[3]

Hassan Sheikh Mohamud
حسن شيخ محمود
Official portrait, 2022
8th and 10th President of Somalia
Assumed office
23 May 2022
Prime MinisterMohamed Hussein Roble
Hamza Abdi Barre
Preceded byMohamed Abdullahi Mohamed
In office
16 September 2012  16 February 2017
Prime MinisterAbdiweli Mohamed Ali
Abdi Farah Shirdon
Abdiweli Sheikh Ahmed
Omar Abdirashid Ali Sharmarke
Preceded byMohamed Osman Jawari (acting)
Succeeded byMohamed Abdullahi Mohamed
Leader of the Union for Peace and Development Party
Assumed office
4 October 2018
Leader of the Peace and Development Party
In office
20 April 2011  22 December 2016
Preceded byPosition established
Succeeded byAhmed Ali
Personal details
Born (1955-11-29) 29 November 1955 (age 66)
Jalalaqsi, Trust Territory of Somaliland
Political partyPeace and Development Party (Before 2016)
Union for Peace and Development Party (2018–present)
Spouse(s)
Sahro Xasan
(divorced)

Qamar Ali
EducationSomali National University
Barkatullah University

In April 2013, Hassan was named in the Time 100, Time magazine's annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world. His efforts at advancing national reconciliation, anti-corruption measures, and socio-economic and security sector reforms in Somalia were cited as reasons for the selection.[4] He was born in Jalalaqsi, a agricultural town situated in central Hiran in present-day Somalia, during the trusteeship period,[5][6] and comes from a middle-class background.[7] Hassan is married to Qamar Ali Omar and has seven children.[8] He speaks Somali and English.


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