All flights in and out of Mogadishu cancelled ahead of the Presidential election.
Somalia Federal government has cancelled all inbound and outbound flights in the capital Mogadishu as the Horn of Africa Nation prepares itself for the long delayed presidential election.All flights leaving and entering the country from Aden Abdulle International Airport have been temporarily postponed and others cancelled due to the upcoming Presidential election which will take place at Afisyoni hangar near Mogadishu's Aden Abdulle Airport. The police force command has earlier Saturday morning announced a 33 hour curfew beginning tonight 9:00pm local time until 6: am Monday morning. The police command said there will be restricted movement of people and traffic during the lockdown and only Presidential candidates, Electoral and security officials are free to move in the stipulated timeline. According to police spokesman Abdifatah Aden Hassan this is to allow security forces beef up security in the city that has been probe with insecurity and circumvent Al-Shabab militants attacks. Meanwhile, the Presidential elections committee has prepared Afisyoni Tent where the polls are scheduled to be held on Sunday and by yesterday everything was set in the venue. African Union Transition Mission in Somalia (ATMIS) forces have been given the full mandate of the security responsibilities of the venue. ATMIS had announced a total lockdown for the venue last week and said they would lift the lockdown on Monday, May 16 after the election is over.