H.E Mohamed A. Farmaajo
H.E Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed is the 9th
President of the Federal Republic of Somalia. He succeeded President Hassan
Sheikh Mohamud after a successful election victory on 8th February
2017 in Mogadishu.
He was appointed Somali Prime Minister in 2010 and confirmed
by a landslide of 297 to 92 in the Somali Parliament; Mohamed Farmaajo served
as Prime Minister until June 2011.
During his tenure, Farmaajo set Somalia on the path
toward a sustainable, small and streamline bureaucracy, reducing the number of
ministerial positions from 39 to 18 and instituting governmental reforms to
increase transparency and promote zero tolerance of corruption. For the first
time, Cabinet ministers were required to disclose their assets and sign a code
of ethics, and an anti-corruption commission was established with the power to
conduct independent investigations.
Mr. Farmaajo has improved security system by fighting
effectively against insurgency in the southern region of the nation. His
government succeeded to bring 80 percent of the population under the central
government’s rule and the Al Shabaab terrorist organization was expelled from
the capital city of Mogadishu.
Most notably, Mr. Farmaajo’s administration brought
governmental stability to Somalia for the first time in more than 20 years. He
included constitutional lawyers, religious scholars and cultural experts in his
appointments to the Independent Constitutional Commission and shepherded
Somalia in a prescribed transitional process to democracy.
He served as an administrator at the Ministry of
Foreign Affairs of Somalia from 1982-1985, leaving to become the First
Secretary in the Somali embassy in Washington. When Somalia descended into
chaos in the late 1980s, Farmaajo remained in the United States. His abilities
in government were quickly recognized and he served in various governmental
positions over the last 20 years, including Commissioner and Finance Chairman
for the Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority and Equal Employment Manager at the
New York State Department of Transportation.
More recently, in early 2012, Mr. Farmaajo and some
members of his former Cabinet established the “Tayo” (Quality) political party
to facilitate the post-conflict reconstruction process in Somalia.
He earned a Bachelor and Masters Degree from the State
University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo and has taught leadership skills and
conflict resolution as a Professor at Erie Community College.
He has two sons and two daughters, aged 13 to 23, with
his wife, Saynab Moallim, and he was born in Mogadishu, Somalia in 1962.