Former Somali Prime Minister Nur Hassan Hussein, popular as Nur Adde, has died of coronavirus at a London hospital on April 1 at around 5:00 a.m. The news was confirmed by Nur Adde’s family. He will be buried in London itself because of safety concerns regarding the outbreak of COVID-19.
Nur Hassan Hussein who died at the age of 82, was the Prime Minister of Somali between November 2007 and February 2009. Nur Hassan Hussein before serving as the Prime Minister of the country, was the Secretary General of the Somali Red Crescent for 17 years. During the government of Mohamed Siyad Barre, he rose to the rank of Colonel while serving in the Somali Police Department.
Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo expressing his grief over the loss has announced three days of national mourning.
Nur Hassan Hussein in his tenure as the Prime Minister, lead peace talks in Djibouti, between the Ethiopia-backed government and Eritrea-based rebels leading to the formation of a unity government. In the Presidential election, Nur Hassan Hussein lost to Sharif Sheikh Ahmed, the leader of the Eritrea-based rebels, who was elected as Somalia’s President on January 30, 2009.