Somalia’s president drops US citizenship in unprecedented move

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Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmaajo (C) with his predecessors Sharif Sheikh Ahmed (R) and Hassan Mohamud (L) during his inauguration ceremony in Mogadishu on February 22, 2017. [Photo, File]

Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed voluntarily renounced his US citizenship on Thursday despite the Horn of Africa nation’s constitution allowing dual nationality for elected officials, the Somali presidency said.

“This is to officially announce that the President of the federal republic of Somalia, HE Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, has relinquished his United States citizenship”, said the president’s director of communications Abdinur Mohamed in a statement.

“This follows the completion of the required legal and immigration processes that had been initiated after the president’s election.”

Mr. Mohamed, popularly known as Farmajo, was elected the nation’s president in February 2017.

President Mohamed, a former Somali prime minister, has lived and worked in the United States where he was given citizenship.

It was not immediately clear what prompted the Somali leader to give up his American passport but according to sources familiar with the matter, authorities from Somalia and US were involved in the process.

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