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Biography of His Excellency President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed ‘Farmajo’
His Excellency President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed ‘Farmaajo’ is the current and 9th President of the Federal Republic of Somalia.
His Excellency President Farmaajo was born in Mogadishu in 1962 where he received his primary school education at 1st July Primary school. President Farmaajo attended Lafoole Technical Secondary School for his high school education before proceeding to the University of Buffalo where he successfully graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in History.
H.E President Farmaajo also holds a Master’s degree in American studies from the State University of New York (SUNY).
H.E President Farmaajo has a combined public service experience of 37 years.
H.E President Farmaajo started rendering his service to the nation as early as 1982 where he was based at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Somali Democratic Republic as an administrator. He was later promoted to the position of Second Secretary of the Embassy of the Somali Democratic Republic in Washington DC in 1985.
Following the collapse of the nation in the late 1980s, H.E President Farmaajo continued his distinguished career in public service where he served as a commissioner of Municipal housing Authority, in New York. He later joined the New York State Department of transportation where he served as Equal Employment Manager.
H.E President Farmaajo has taught leadership skills and conflict resolution as an assistant Professor at Erie Community College.
In November 2010, H.E President Farmaajo was appointed Prime Minister of the Federal Republic of Somalia and he received landslide approval of 297 votes in the parliament. For the first time in the nation’s history, Cabinet members were obliged to sign a code of ethics and disclose their assets.
H.E President Farmaajo resigned as the Prime Minister in June 2011.
His tenure in the position of the Prime Minister remains memorable for Somalia as he implemented widescale reforms with increased fight against corruption of public resources.
He created a lean cabinet which was a reduction of minsters from 39 to 18 to save resources and improve the working conditions for the civil servants and the members of the disciplined forces. The enjoyed better pay and timely remuneration among other benefits.
Owing to his firm belief in the Somalia future and H.E President Farmajo was always active in state-building and participated in various national and regional issues concerning Somalia.
On 5th February 2017, President Farmaajo shared his vision for the country and his convincing plan for the nation and his triumphant speech saw him elected the President of the Federal Republic of Somalia on 8th February 2017.
On 22ND February 2017, H.E President Farmaajo officially took office from the outgoing President H.E Hassan Sheikh Mohamud to begin his four-year term of office as the second President of the Federal Republic of Somalia under the new system after the end of the Transitional Federal Government.
The colorful inauguration ceremony held in the Capital, Mogadishu was attended by several Heads of State and leadership from various countries. The guests present included; H.E President Uhuru Kenyatta – Kenya, H.E President Omar Guelleh – Djibouti; Ethiopian Prime Minister, H.E Hailemariam Desalegn; and other representatives.
Later on, President Farmaajo established the 9th administration and government where he began by nominating H.E Hassan Ali Khaire as the Prime Minister of the Federal Republic of Somalia.
H.E President Farmaajo is married to the First Lady, Her Excellency Saynab Abdi Moallim and has two sons and two daughters.
H.E President Farmaajo held dual citizenship of Somalia and The United States of America until 1st August 2019, when he renounced his United States Citizenship.