Muse Hassan Sheikh Sayid Abdulle

Mussa Hassan Sheikh Abdulle
موسى حسن شيخ عبد الله
Ambassador to Italy
Assumed office
20 June 2013
President of Somalia
In office
20 August 2012  28 August 2012
Prime Minister Abdiweli Mohamed Ali
Preceded by Sharif Sheikh Ahmed
Succeeded by Mohamed Osman Jawari (Acting)
Interim speaker of Parliament
In office
20 August 2012  28 August 2012
Preceded by Sharif Hassan Sheikh Aden
Succeeded by Mohamed Osman Jawari
Personal details
Political party Independent
Religion Islam

Muse Hassan Sheikh Abdulle (Somali: Muuse Xasan Sheekh Cabdulleh, Arabic: موسى حسن الشيخ سعيد عبد الله), also known as Musa Hassan Abdulle,[1] is a senior Somali military figure and politician. He has been the acting president of Somalia and interim speaker of the Federal Parliament.[2] Abdulle is Somalia's ambassador to Italy.[3]

Abdulle hails from the Darod clan.[4]

Abdulle is a Sunni Muslim. He speaks fluent Somali, Arabic, Italian and English.

Abdulle is the nephew of Al-Sayyīd Muhammad `Abd Allāh al-Hasan ("Mad Mullah"), the Somali religious and patriotic leader of the Dervish State.


Military career

Abdulle was a prominent member of the Somali National Army. He was among the first three Somali cadets to graduate from the Military Academy of Modena (Accademia Militare di Modena), located in Modena, northern Italy.[5]

In 1985, Abdulle received a fellowship to attend the National Defense University in Washington, D.C.. He graduated from the institution the following year.[6]

Abdulle later returned to Somalia. He rose to the rank of brigadier general in the Somali Armed Forces.[1] He retired from the military in 1989.

Federal Government of Somalia

Federal Parliament and interim presidency

Following the end of the mandate of the Transitional Federal Government (TFG) on 20 August 2012 and the concurrent start of the Federal Government of Somalia, Abdulle, as the eldest legislator, was appointed interim speaker of the new Federal Parliament during its inaugural session held at the Aden Adde International Airport in Mogadishu.[1][7] He was additionally named Acting President at the ceremony,[8][9] which also saw the swearing in of many MPs.[1] Voting for a new speaker of Parliament was held on 28 August 2012, with former Minister of Transportation and Minister of Labor and Sports Mohamed Osman Jawari elected the permanent speaker.[10]

On 30 August 2012, the Federal Parliament convened and unanimously endorsed a new committee tasked with overseeing Somalia's 2012 presidential elections. At the parliamentary session chaired by the new Speaker Jawari, 15 MPs were named to the body and Abdulle was appointed as the commission's chairperson.[11] The ballot was eventually held on 1 September 2012, with Hassan Sheikh Mohamud elected as the new President of Somalia.[12]

Ambassador to Italy

On 20 June 2013, Abdulle was named Somalia's ambassador to Italy by the cabinet.[3]

Military training and positions




  1. 1 2 3 4 "Somalia: UN Envoy Says Inauguration of New Parliament in Somalia 'Historic Moment'". Forum on China-Africa Cooperation. 21 August 2012. Retrieved 24 August 2012.
  2. "Visit of Catherine Ashton, Vice-President of the EC, to Somalia". European Commission. Retrieved 4 September 2012.
  3. 1 2 Adan, Ahmed (20 June 2013). "Somalia:Council of Ministers appoints five new Somali Ambassadors". Retrieved September 5, 2013.
  4. "Federal legislators" (PDF). Bar-Kulan. Retrieved 17 February 2014.
  5. "ALLIEVI SOMALI DEL 141° Corso Accademia Militare Modena 1959/1961". Association of Somali Former Cadets of Modena Military Academy. Retrieved 9 August 2013.
  6. International Student Management Office. "Class of 1986 – Class of 1995". National Defense University. Retrieved 9 August 2013.
  7. "Muse Hassan, 72, elected caretaker Parliament Speaker". Associated Press. 20 August 2012. Retrieved 25 August 2012.
  8. "Office of the President". Office of the Somali President. Retrieved 3 September 2012.
  9. "August 2012 - Somalia". Retrieved 3 September 2012.
  10. "Somali Parliament Elects Speaker for New Gov't". Voice of America. 28 August 2012. Retrieved 28 August 2012.
  11. "SOMALIA: New Parliament endorses presidential election commission". RBC Radio. 30 August 2012. Retrieved 9 September 2012.
  12. Somali lawmakers elect Mohamud as next president

See also

Political offices
Preceded by
Sharif Sheikh Ahmed
Acting President of Somalia
Succeeded by
Mohamed Osman Jawari
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