Sheikh Mukhtar Mohamed Hussein

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Sheikh Mukhtar Mohamed Hussein (Somali: Sheekh Mukhtaar Maxamed Xuseen, Arabic: الشيخ محمد حسين مختار‎‎; 1912 – June 12, 2012) was the speaker of the Somali parliament, and briefly an interim President of Somalia in 1969.[2]

Sheikh Mukhtar Mohamed Hussein
مختار محمد حسين
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President of Somalia
In office
October 15, 1969 – October 21, 1969
Preceded byAbdirashid Ali Shermarke
Succeeded byMohamed Siad Barre
Personal details
Xuddur, Bakool, Somalia
DiedJune 12, 2012
(aged 100)[1]
Nairobi, Kenya
Political partySomali Youth League (SYL)

Early lifeEdit

Hussein was born into a Hadame family (part of the larger Rahaweyn clan), in the central town of Xuddur in the Bakool region.[3]


In 1946, Hussein joined the burgeoning, nationalist party of the Somali Youth Club (which later changed its name to the Somali Youth League).[4] He served the SYL's head office in what was then known as Upper Jubba, which included several current regions of Southwestern Somalia.[5]

He died in Nairobi, Kenya in 2012 at the age of 100.[6] He was accorded a state funeral by the government in Mogadishu, Somalia and was buried there on June 15, 2012.[7]


  1. ^ "Amisom expresses his condolences for the death of Sheikh Mukhtar Mohammed Hussein, former Speaker of Somalia Parliament". Mareeg. Mareeg. Retrieved 16 June 2012.
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  6. ^ Khalif, Abdulkadir (2012-06-19). "Somalia remembers fallen democracy icon". Africa Review. National Media Group, Kenya. Retrieved 2013-02-12.
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-01-12. Retrieved 2012-06-17.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)