Somaliland: President Silanyo Appoints New Representatives to UAE and China


L- R Bashe Awil and Abdi Mingiste appointed Somaliland representatives to the UAE and China

By Abdirisak Itaqile

HARGEISA (Somalilandsun) Somaliland President Ahmed Mohamed Mohamoud “Silanyo” on Tuesday appointed new representatives to United Arab Emirates (UAE) and China.

A presidential decree JSL/M/XERM/249-3383/062015, released on June 30th read, “the head of state in conformity with section 3, Article 90 of the Somaliland constitution, and in view of the importance representative posts have to national development and after having ascertained the capabilities of the selected individuals to undertake public service and representative mandates hereby announce that as from today the named Somaliland citizens are appointed to:

1- Abdi Mohamoud Sulaiman Essa (Mingiste) – Somaliland representative to ChinaSomaliland Diplomatic Representative to the UAE Bashe Awil Haji Omar1

2- Bashe Awil Omer- Somaliland representative to UAE.”

It is noteworthy to mention that the newly appointed representative to UAE Mr. Bashe Awil Omer is president Silanyo’s son-in-law.


Although Mr. Bashe takes over the office of Somaliland diplomatic representative to the United Arab Emirates in a lame duck status courtesy of his relation to the president it is worth mentioning that he is a Somaliland citizen capable of handling the tasks bestowed.

According to investigative journalist Mahmud Walaleye Bashe Awil Haji Omar completed his primary and secondary school education in Mogadishu before proceeding to the University College London UCL where he graduated with a B.Sc. in Chemistry.

Following his UCL graduation he secured a postgraduate studies scholarship that saw him join an American university where he attained a master’s degree in Petrochewmistry.

Following his masters he was employed by Thermo Fisher Scientific, an American firm as a Research Scientist a position he served for ten years before his transfer to the UK in the same capacity in 2007.

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Four years later he resigned from Thermo Fisher Scientific and shifted base to Nairobi Kenya where he established a logistics firm that 

precluded his move to Hargeisa Somaliland.-Editor