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Mogadishu roads closed ahead of parliament session
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Mogadishu roads closed ahead of parliament session

Major roads in the capital in the Somali capital have today been closed ahead of the parliament session on Saturday morning. Government troops deployed checkpoints mounted around the parliament ahead of today's session. The Somali Lower House parliament is expected to debate a motion on national elections according to a message sent to the legislators. Opposition leaders on Sunday night warned against term extension accusing incumbent President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmaajo whose four-year term expired on 8 February. In a Press conference on Sunday night, former President and Council of Presidential Candidates Chairman Sheikh Sharif accused incumbent President Farmaajo of planning to extend his mandate. "It is a national betrayal that instead of reaching an agreement on elections, the government is seeking a term extension, we are telling the outgoing leadership, you have gone astray, come back, and do not lead Somalia back to where it came from, ” Sheikh Sharif said  "This country cannot tolerate term extensions and electoral fraud, economically, politically and security-wise, It is a country whose governance is still in its infancy, we need to think about the consequences of the reckless actions of our predecessors,” he added. A fortnight in the past the government blocked 15 MPs from attending five sessions after they were accused of obstructing the House’s session to discuss COVID-19.