MOGADISHU (Somaliguardian) – Somalia’s former president Ali Mahdi Mohamed has died at the age of 82.
He served as president of Somalia from 26 January 1991 to 2 January 1997. An agreement signed in Cairo in December 1997 designated Ali Mahdi as president once again, a position he held until being succeeded by Abdikasim Salad in the year 2000.
There have been reports that he died of COVID-19 on Wednesday, though his close relatives have denied, saying he succumbed to complications which doctors said were not related with coronavirus.
Ali Mahdi and his wife had been flown to Kenya’s capital Nairobi where they had been admitted to hospital for an unidentified respiratory illness, renowned activist Yahye Amir, a close friend of Mr Mohamed told BBC Somali Service.
Somali president Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo announced three days of national mourning during which Somalia’s flag will be flown at half-mast.
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