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Abdirahman Omar Osman (also known as Abdirahman Yariisow[1] and Engineer Yariisow; died 1 August 2019) was a Somali politician. He was the Governor of Banaadir and Mayor Of Mogadishu. He was also the Minister of Commerce and Industry of Somalia, having been appointed to the position on 12 January 2015 by the former Prime Minister Omar Abdirashid Ali Sharmarke and served in that position until 2017.[2]

Abdirahman Omar Osman Eng. Yariisow
Mayor of Mogadishu
In office
21 January 2018 – 1 August 2019
PresidentMohamed Abdullahi Mohamed
Prime MinisterHassan Ali Khaire
Preceded byThabit Abdi Mohammed
Succeeded byOmar Muhamoud Finnish
Minister of Commerce and Industry
In office
12 January 2015 – 17 January 2015
PresidentHassan Sheikh Mohamud
Prime MinisterOmar Abdirashid Ali Sharmarke
Preceded byAdan Mohamed Nuur Madobe
Succeeded byHassan Ahmed Modey
Minister of Commerce and Industry
In office
6 February 2015 – 29 March 2017
Personal details
Died1 August 2019
Doha, Qatar
Political partyIndependent


Early lifeEdit

Osman was born in Somalia. In 1991 he fled the Civil War as a refugee to London. In London he earned a master's degree and served as a Labour Party councilor.[3] In 2008, he returned to Somalia to help rebuild the country after the war.[4]

Minister of Commerce and IndustryEdit

As the Minister of Commerce and Industry, Abdirahman Omar Osman served for 2 weeks starting from 12 January 2015 to 27 January 2015. However, Prime Minister Sharmarke dissolved his newly nominated cabinet due to vehement opposition by legislators, who rejected the reappointment of certain former ministers.[5] On 27 January 2015, Sharmarke appointed a new, smaller 20 minister cabinet of which Abdirahman Omar Osman was replaced by Hassan Ahmed Modey.[6] On 6 February, Sharmarke finalised his cabinet, consisting of 26 ministers, 14 state ministers, and 26 deputy ministers of which Abdirahman Omar Osman was reinstated to his earlier post.[7] He was then succeeded by Khadra Ahmed Dualle.[8]

Mayor of MogadishuEdit

Abdirahman Omar Osman was appointed Mayor of Mogadishu following the dismissal of the then Mayor, Thabit Abdi Mohammed, by President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohammed on 21 January 2018.


On 24 July 2019, a suicide bomber blew "herself" up inside Osman's office, killing six government officials and injuring nine of Osman's staff.[9] Osman and James Swan, the new UN special envoy to Somalia, were the main targets of the bomber, but Swan met the mayor earlier, leaving before the blast occurred.[10] Osman succumbed to his injuries a week later, on 1 August 2019, in Doha, Qatar.[11]


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  2. ^ "Prime minister Omar announced his cabinet". Goobjoog news. January 12, 2015.
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  5. ^ "Somali PM dissolves new cabinet". Xinhua. 17 January 2015. Retrieved 17 January 2015.
  6. ^ "Nominated Ministers and Their Clans". Goobjoog. 28 January 2015. Retrieved 28 January 2015.
  7. ^ "Prime minister Omar announces 66 cabinet members". Goobjoog. 6 February 2015. Retrieved 6 February 2015.
  8. ^ "PM Khaire announces 27 member cabinet". Hiiraan Online. March 21, 2017.
  9. ^ Reuters (2019-08-01). "Mogadishu Mayor Dies of Injuries From Suicide Bombing". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2019-08-01.
  10. ^ Suicide bomber kills six in attack on Mogadishu mayor's office
  11. ^ Abdirahman Omar Osman, Mogadishu mayor, dies after suicide bombing