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Siad Barre
محمد سياد بري
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Military portrait of Major General Mohamed Siad Barre.
3rd President of Somalia
In office
21 October 1969 – 26 January 1991
Vice President Muhammad Ali Samatar
Preceded by Mukhtar Mohamed Hussein
Succeeded by Ali Mahdi Muhammad
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Mohamed Siad Barre

6 October 1919
Shilabo, Ogaden
Died January 2, 1995(1995-01-02) (aged 75)
Lagos, Nigeria
Political party Supreme Revolutionary Council
Somali Revolutionary Socialist Party
Spouse(s) Khadija Maalin
Dalyad Haji Hashi
Relations Abdirahman Jama Barre

Mohamed Siad Barre was the President of the Somali Democratic Republic from 1969–91.

In 1969 President Abdirashid Ali Shermarke was assassinated. The military took power of the government. Major General Barre became the leader of the country. The new government used a form of socialism called scientific socialism. The country was renamed to the Somali Democratic Republic.

In 1991 Somalia had a civil war. Barre was removed as the leader. He tried to take back the city of Mogadishu but lost. He then went into exile. Barre died on 2 January 1995.

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