Somalia Mourns Former Prime Minister Omar Ghalib

Somalia is mourning after former Prime Minister Omar Arte Ghalib died on Wednesday.

He served as prime minister from 1969 to 1977.

Ghalib, who served Somalia for four decades as an educator, civil servant, diplomat and politician, died in Hargeisa, the capital of the self-declared Republic of Somaliland.

President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmaajo sent his condolences to the family and the citizens of Somalia.

Three weeks ago, Ghalib’s son Mohamed Omar Arte, a former deputy prime minister in the federal government of Somalia (2015-2017), resigned from the membership of the Lower House of Somalia’s parliament to be at his ailing father’s bedside.

Ghalib’s death follows that of Nur Adde, another of Somalia’s Prime Ministers who died in London in April this year from Covid-19. Adde was premier from November2007 to February 2009.

Last month, Ali Khalif Galaydh, Somalia’s PM between 2000 and 2001 also died, aged 78.

Ghalib started his career in education and was a principal in a number of schools in the former British Somaliland Protectorate.

When British Somaliland and Italian Somalia gained independence and formed the Somali Republic, Ghalib joined the foreign service at the new capital Mogadishu.

Ghalib rose through the diplomatic service until he became the Somali Ambassador in Ethiopia in the mid-1960s.

During the civilian government, Ghalib contested in the last multiparty election, winning a seat at the then 123-member National Assembly in 1969.