Hamza Abdi Barre

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Hamza Abdi Barre
Xamse Cabdi Barre
حمزة عبد بري
Hamza Abdi Barre, Prime Minister of Somalia
Barre in 2022
Prime Minister of Somalia
Assumed office
26 June 2022
PresidentHassan Sheikh Mohamud
Preceded byMohamed Hussein Roble
Member of the House of the People
Assumed office
28 December 2021
ConstituencyAfmadow, Afmadow District, Lower Juba
Personal details
Born1972/1973 (age 49–50)[1]
Kismayo, Lower Juba, Somalia[2]
Political partyUnion for Peace and Development Party (UPD)
Residence(s)Mogadishu, Somalia
EducationBachelor's Degree, Master's Degree

Hamza Abdi Barre (Somali: Xamse Cabdi Barre, Arabic: حمزة عبد بري) is a Somali politician currently serving as the Prime Minister of the Federal Government of Somalia. He was nominated on 15 June 2022, by President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud,[3] and he was endorsed by parliament on June 25, 2022 (229 in favour, 7 opposed, 1 abstention).[4] Hamza is also a parliamentarian elected to the House of the People of the Federal Parliament of Somalia on 28 December 2021, representing the Afmadow constituency of Middle Juba.[5]

Early life and Education[edit]

Hamza was born in Kismayo, Lower Juba,[6] to the Ogaden branch of the Darod clan.[7]

Hamza completed his primary education in the country, and received his bachelor's degree from the University of Science and Technology in Yemen in 2001.[6] From 2003 to 2004, Hamza was the Executive Director of the Formal Private Education Network in Somalia (FPENS), a school in Mogadishu.[6] In August 2005,[8] Hamza became a co-founder of Kismayo University.[6] In 2009, Hamza received his Master's degree[2] from the International Islamic University in Malaysia.[6] After obtaining his Master's degree and before entering into his political career, Hamza spent many years as an educator in Kismayo and Mogadishu, including becoming a senior lecturer at Mogadishu University.[1]

Political career[edit]

Barre has long been a supporter of the Union for Peace and Development Party, holding various positions in the offices of the federal government. From 2014 to 2015, Barre was the administrative advisor to the governor of Banaadir region and later to the mayor of Mogadishu, Hassan Mohamed Hussein. Barre also served as a senior adviser to the Ministry of Constitutional Affairs and Federalism.[1][2] His largest political positions before becoming Prime Minister were as the secretary-general of the Peace and Development Party under President Mohamud from 2011 to 2017,[1] and as chairman of the Jubbaland Electoral Commission from 2019 to 2020 under President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed.[2] Since 15 June 2022, Barre has served as the Prime Minister of Somalia beside President Mohamud,[2] elected exactly one month prior.[9]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d Maruf, Harun (15 June 2022). "New Somali President Appoints Prime Minister". VOA News. Voice of America. Retrieved 15 June 2022.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Siyaasadda Soomaaliya: Waa kuma Xamsa Cabdi, Ra'iisal wasaaraha la magacaabay ee Soomaaliya? (Somali Politics: Who is Hamsa Abdi, the newly appointed Prime Minister of Somalia?)". bbc.com (in Somali). BBC. Retrieved 16 June 2022.
  3. ^ Sheikh, Abdi (June 15, 2022). "Somali president nominates Barre as prime minister after delayed elections". Reuters. Reuters. Retrieved June 15, 2022.
  4. ^ "Hamza Abdi Barre endorsed by parliament as new PM of Somalia". garoweonline.com. 2022-06-25. Retrieved 2022-06-26.
  5. ^ "Jubaland elects six Lower House MPs". Saafi Films. December 28, 2021. Archived from the original on June 15, 2022. Retrieved June 15, 2022.
  6. ^ a b c d e "Akhriso: Taariikhda Ra'iisulwasaare Xamse Cabdi Barre". goobjoog.com. 2022-06-15. Retrieved 2022-06-15.
  7. ^ "BREAKING: President Hassan Sheikh nominates Hamza Abdi Barre as PM". hiiraan.com. 2022-06-15. Retrieved 2022-06-19.
  8. ^ Kismayo University. "About Us". Retrieved 2022-06-19.
  9. ^ "Somalia elects Hassan Sheikh Mohamud as new president". aljazeera.com. Retrieved 16 May 2022.
Political offices
Preceded by Prime Minister of Somalia