This is a list of presidents of the Republic of Somaliland, a de facto sovereign state in the Horn of Africa, considered internationally to be part of Somalia. The Republic of Somaliland regards itself as the successor state to British Somaliland, which was independent for a few days in 1960 as the State of Somaliland.[1][2] The President of Somaliland is the head of state and head of government of Somaliland. The president leads the executive branch of the Government of Somaliland and is the commander-in-chief of the Somaliland Armed Forces. The official residence of the president is the Presidential Palace in Hargeisa.

List of officeholders

Political parties
  Somali National Movement (SNM)
  United Peoples' Democratic Party (UDUB)
  Kulmiye Peace, Unity, and Development Party

Died in office

No. Portrait Name
Elected Term of office Political party
Took office Left office Time in office
1 Abdirahman Ahmed Ali Tuur
1991 28 May 1991 16 May 1993 1 year, 353 days SNM
2 Muhammad Haji Ibrahim Egal
16 May 1993 3 May 2002[†] 8 years, 352 days Independent
(2) UDUB
3 Dahir Riyale Kahin
(born 1952)
2003 3 May 2002 27 July 2010 8 years, 85 days UDUB
4 Ahmed Mohamed Mohamoud
(born 1936)
2010 27 July 2010 13 December 2017 7 years, 139 days Kulmiye
5 Muse Bihi Abdi
(born 1948)
2017 13 December 2017 Incumbent 6 years, 53 days Kulmiye


Muse Bihi AbdiAhmed SilanyoDahir Riyale KahinIbrahim EgalAbdirahman Ahmed Ali Tuur

Latest election

Main article: 2017 Somaliland presidential election

On 21 November 2017 the NEC announced that Muse Bihi Abdi of the ruling Kulmiye party polled 55.1% of votes to emerge winner. His closest contender was Abdirahman Irro of the Waddani party who polled 40.7% with Faysal Ali Warabe finishing last with 4.2% of votes.[3]

CandidateRunning matePartyVotes%
Muse Bihi AbdiAbdirahman SayliciPeace, Unity, and Development Party305,90955.10
Abdirahman Mohamed AbdullahiMohamed AliWaddani226,09240.73
Faysal Ali WarabeAbdi Ahmed Musa AbyanFor Justice and Development23,1414.17
Valid votes555,14298.15
Invalid/blank votes10,4751.85
Total votes565,617100.00
Registered voters/turnout704,19880.32
Source: SLNEC

See also


  1. ^ "Somaliland Marks Independence After 73 Years of British Rule" (fee required). The New York Times. 26 June 1960. p. 6. Retrieved 20 June 2008.
  2. ^ "How Britain said farewell to its Empire". BBC News. 23 July 2010.
  3. ^ Somaliland ruling party candidate wins Nov. 13 polls – media reports AFrica News, 21 November 2017