22 May 2007

Somalia: First President Dies At the Age of 99

Mogadishu — The first president of Somalia has died at age of 99 in a hospital in Kenya on Tuesday, according medical sources in Nairobi.

Aden Abdulle Osman, spent most of life in his farm land in Janale, southern Somalia, following the collapse of former government in 1991.

The deceased was considered to be first African leader to be democratically elected in July 1, 1960 when Somalia took its independence from Italy.

In February 1944, he joined the Somali Youth Club (later called the Somali Youth League, SYL,), a nationalist party, which struggled for the independence of Somalia.

He became a member of the party's steering board and in 1946 he was appointed as Secretary of Belet Weyne, the main town of Hiran province, central Somalia, where he hails from.

From from 1958 until 1959 he acted as chairman of the Somali Youth League. In 1956 he was elected as chairman of the Legislative Assembly.

In June 10, 1967, he was defeated by Abdirashid Ali Sharmarke, the second president of Somalia, in a general presidential election.

President Aden Osman was born in 1908 in Balet Weyne and died in Nairobi on May 19, 2007 at age of 99.

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