ali mahdi muhammad
علي مهدي محمد
|4th president of somalia|
26 january 1991 – 3 january 1997
|preceded by||siad barre|
|succeeded by||vacant (3 january 1997-27 august 2000);|
abdiqasim salad hassan afterwards
|born||1 january 1939|
jowhar, middle shabelle, italian somaliland
|political party||united somali congress|
ali mahdi muhammad (somali: cali mahdi maxamed, arabic: علي مهدي محمد) (born january 1, 1939) is a somali entrepreneur and politician. he served as president of somalia from january 26, 1991 to january 3, 1997.
muhammad rose to power after a coalition of armed opposition groups, including his own united somali congress, deposed longtime president siad barre. however, muhammad was not able to exert his authority beyond parts of the capital. power was instead vied with other faction leaders in the southern half of the country and with autonomous subnational entities in the north.