Farmaajo declares three days of mourning in honour of Ali Mahdi
Former Somalia president Ali Mahdi Muhammad is dead has died of COVID-19. He died in Nairobi aged 82. President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo has ordered the lowering of the flag to half-staff for three days following his death. ''We are lowering the flag of the for three days to show our grief over the death of former President Ali Mahdi Mohamed,'' Said President Farmaajo. Condolences poured in from around the world, including top Somali government officials. He was born in 1939 in Johwar town and began his career as a businessman before venturing into politics in 1968 when he vied for a parliamentary seat. His appointment was bitterly opposed by General Mohamed Farah Aidid who was one of the members of the congress. Ali Mahdi Mahdi served as president of Somalia from January 26, 1991, to January 3, 1997 - General Mohamed Farah Aidid, a member of the United Somali Congress, bitterly opposed Muhammad's reign - He was succeeded by Abdiqasim Salad in 2000 after losing a re-election bid.