Mohamed Hussein Roble

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Mohamed Hussein Roble
Mohamed Hussein Roble (cropped).png
20th Prime Minister of Somalia
In office
23 September 2020 – 25 June 2022
PresidentMohamed Abdullahi Mohamed
Preceded byMahdi Mohammed Gulaid
Succeeded byHamza Abdi Barre
Personal details
BornFebruary 1968 (age 55)
Hobyo, Somali Republic
Political partyIndependent
EducationSomali National University (BSc)
KTH Royal Institute of Technology (MEng)

Mohamed Hussein Roble (Somali: Maxamed Xuseen Rooble; born February 1968) is a Somali politician who was the prime minister of Somalia from 23 September 2020[2][3] to 25 June 2022.[4]


He was born in Hobyo in February 1968. He received a BSc in Civil Engineering from the Somali National University, and later attended the KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden where he completed an MA in environmental engineering and sustainable engineering.[5] Before his appointment as Prime Minister, he served as an NGO worker and as a Technical Advisor for engineering at International Labour Organization.[6][7]

Political career[edit]

Appointment as Prime Minister[edit]

He was appointed to the post of prime minister by Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed in September 2020.[8] In his initial address to parliament after taking office, he pledged to form a cabinet which would steer Somalia through the 2021 election transition.[7] Roble re-appointed Khadar Mohamed Gulaid as deputy prime minister and he appointed 26 ministers to his cabinet, 15 of whom are from the previous cabinet. The new cabinet includes 17 state ministers, and 4 women.[9]

2020 Galkayo bombing[edit]

On December 18, 2020, Roble was due to address a gathering at a stadium in Galkayo. Minutes before his arrival, a suicide bomber blew himself up outside the stadium, killing seven civilians and three soldiers. Roble offered his deepest condolences to the families and friends of the victims and called for unity among the Somali people in the struggle against terrorism to promote peace and development in the country. [10]

2021 elections[edit]

On 1 May 2021, Roble was given the mandate by the Federal Government of Somalia for overseeing the election process according to the agreement reached on 17 September 2020 by the National Consultative Forum and the Baidoa Framework of 16 February 2021 as well as security arrangements for elections. [11]

Freedom of the Press[edit]

On World Press Freedom Day, May 3 2021, Roble congratulated Somali journalists, praising them for their sacrifice, resilience and commitment. He also guaranteed journalists safety and access to information, particularly through the upcoming elections, encouraging them to approach their work with responsibility and professionalism.[12]

Tension with President Farmajo[edit]

In September 2021, Farmajo suspended Roble's executive powers following a row over his suspension of former NISA head Fahad Yasin over the murder investigation of Ikran Tahlil Farah.[13]

On 28 December 2021, Roble called on Farmajo to immediately step aside and concentrate on the campaign trail for the forthcoming elections.[14]

On 10 January, Somali leaders announced they struck a deal to complete parliamentary elections by February 25, after repeated delays that have threatened the stability of the country. The agreement was reached after several days of talks hosted by Roble with state leaders aimed at ending an impasse over the polls.[15]

After President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud began his second term on 9 June 2022, he appointed Hamza Abdi Barre to replace Roble as prime minister. Barre was approved in a vote by the House of the People on 25 June 2022.[4]

Land Grabbing[edit]

Somali Navy Commander General Abdihamid Mohamed Dirir accused Prime Minister Mohamed Hussein Roble of looting naval land and building a house there. The revelation of the land grab was received like a bomb in the circle close to the Prime Minister who rush to exonerate him.[16] He said it was “unfortunate and disappointing” that naval land property was plundered by senior leaders headed by Prime Minister Mohamed Hussein Roble and that he would not allow such theft. The commander also said he will not stand idly by while the naval forces’ land is looted and added that they recently planned to build offices there.[17][18]


  1. ^ "Dual Citizenship Plagues Somali Politics". Puntland Post. 2021-09-16. Retrieved 2022-01-10.
  2. ^ "Somalia's new PM faces big tasks of organising elections, earning trust". Nation. 18 September 2020.
  3. ^ "Mohamed Hussein Roble appointed Somalia's new prime minister". September 18, 2020.
  4. ^ a b Khalif, Abdulkadir (25 June 2022). "Somalia parliament unanimously endorses Hamza Barre as Prime Minister". The EastAfrican. Retrieved 26 June 2022.
  5. ^ "Somalia Confirms New Prime Minister | Petroleum Africa".
  6. ^ Mohamed Hussein Roble former NGO worker appointed as Prime Minister. "March 22, 2023".
  7. ^ a b "Somalia's Lawmakers Approve Roble as New Prime Minister". 2020-09-23. Retrieved 2021-05-03.
  8. ^ "Somalia Parliament Approves New Prime Minister | Voice of America - English".
  9. ^ "Somali premier announces new cabinet". Retrieved 2021-05-03.
  10. ^ Somalia, UN condemn terrorist attack in central region
  11. ^ "Somali PM Mohamed Roble accepts new role in elections". The East African. 3 May 2021. Retrieved 2021-05-03.
  12. ^ hanad (3 May 2021). "Prime Minister Roble on World Press Freedom Day - Jowhar somali news leader". Retrieved 2021-05-03.
  13. ^ La Libre Afrique (16 September 2021). "Somalie: le président « retire les pouvoirs exécutifs » du Premier ministre" (in French). Retrieved 2021-09-16.
  14. ^ "Somalia: Join campaign trail, PM Roble tells Farmaajo". Garowe Online. Retrieved 2021-12-28.
  15. ^ "Somalia's leaders agree to hold delayed election by February 25". Retrieved 2022-01-10.
  16. ^ "Somalia's PM Accused of Land Grabbing Amid Renewed Rift with President". Retrieved March 22, 2023.
  17. ^ "PM Roble Splashed By Revelation Of Land Grab". Retrieved March 22, 2023.
  18. ^ "Somalia President Farmaajo suspends PM Roble, again". Retrieved March 22, 2023.

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Preceded by Prime Minister of Somalia
Succeeded by