× HomeAbout usAdvertisementContact us
Mogadishu on lockdown ahead of the long-delayed presidential election 
Somali News

Mogadishu on lockdown ahead of the long-delayed presidential election 

Today, the Somali government has closed all major roads in the capital ahead of the long-delayed presidential election on Sunday. Hundreds of soldiers are stationed on the roads as part of a full curfew in the city, covering both traffic and people to allow the 329 members of the Upper and Lower Houses of Parliament to pick a President from 39 candidates. On Saturday, Police spokesperson Abdifatah Aden announced at a press conference lawmakers, security personnel, and all other officials involved in the vote are still free to move during those hours. The indirect election, in which lawmakers will pick a president, will take place in an airport hangar behind blast walls to help fend off potential Islamist attacks or meddling by factions within the security services. Originally there were 39, but several candidates announced they were exiting the race. Polls are due to commence today in the afternoon and are expected to proceed late into the night. Peacekeepers from the African Union Transition Mission in Somalia (Atmis), working with Somali police, will be guard the election venue.