Former Somali premier Ali Khalif Galaydh died on Thursday in Ethiopia’s eastern city of Jijjiga. He was 78.

Galaydh served as prime minster of the East African country between October 2000 and 2001.

Besides an illustrious career as a politician, he was a noted scholar with teaching experience at universities in the US.

Somalis from around the world, including President Mohamed Farmajo, have condoled his death.

Announcement of the date and place of his funeral has not yet been made.

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