Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu, is under lockdown ahead of Sunday’s long-delayed presidential election.
Police spokesman Colonel Abdifatah Aden Hassan announced residents will be subject to a 33-hour curfew as a security measure to allow the 329 members of the Ober – and allow the lower house of parliament to choose a president from 39 candidates. The curfew begins this evening, Saturday, at 9pm and lasts until Monday morning at 6am,” said Col Hassan.
The indirect election will take place on Sunday at the Afisyoni hangar, behind Aden Abdulle Airport Blast Walls, at to fend off potential attacks by the Islamist Al-Shabaab group.
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Peacekeepers from the African Union Transitional Mission in Somalia (Atmis), working with the Somali police, will guard the polling site.
Col Hassan briefed the media on Saturday in the S The headquarters of the Omali Police Force said only the Lawmakers, security personnel, presidential candidates and election officials are likely to move during lockdown.