Sep 30, 2022

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Somalia locks down capital ahead of inauguration

Somalia sealed off the capital Mogadishu on Wednesday evening to secure the site for the inauguration of President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, scheduled for Thursday morning.

Prime Minister Hussein Roble said the decision had been made to allow safe transit International dignitaries are coming to the country to attend the changing of the guard in Mogadishu. He said the lockdown would last until 5 p.m. local time on Thursday, hours after the inauguration.

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“I respectfully ask the people of Mogadishu to bear with the road closures from 10pm tonight until 5pm tomorrow when international leaders and delegates arrive in the country to attend the inauguration of the President of the Federal Government of Somalia he said.

Police and other security agencies will block traffic in and out of the city and block the streets around the venue, allowing only accredited personnel to pass.

The closure came as an Shabaab fired warning mortar fire on Wednesday night to demonstrate their continued disruption of security in the capital.

The Somali militant group recently launched roadside bombing facilities in Mogadishu and attacked by suicide bombers. Last month, Somalia sealed off the city to allow MPs to elect the president, days after al-Shabaab attempted to fire mortars at their Green Zone venue inside the airport.

Mr Mohamud, originally President intervened 2012 and 2017, won the heavily delayed elections held on May 15 this year to serve as President for a second time.

He defeated Mohamed Abdullahi Farmaajo after three rounds of a secret ballot that was carried out by elected legislators country. Eyes will be on him to see how he deals with the country’s immediate internal problems, as well as its foreign policy.

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The country is facing a dismal drought, which Mohamud himself admitted last week and was paralyzing the country. On Tuesday, the United Nations, citing data from the Famine Early Warning Network and the Food Security and Nutrition Analysis Unit of the Food and Agriculture Organization, said at least 7 million people, or nearly half the country’s population, are now facing crisis-level food insecurity or worse through at least September 2022.

“Of those, 213,000 people are facing catastrophic starvation and starvation, a sharp increase from the 81,000 forecast in April. More areas are at risk of famine, especially in the south of the country in regions where insecurity and conflict make humanitarian access difficult,” the organizations said in a joint statement.

Mohamud also has to deal with relations with neighboring countries and Middle East. His predecessor quarreled occasionally with Kenya, with whom they have a longstanding dispute over maritime borders; and Djibouti, which once accused Mohamud of siding with Kenya.

Mohamud, who incidentally took Kenya to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) over the maritime border, has promised to “create a Somalia in peace themselves and with the world.” The ICJ ruled in favor of Somalia last year, although Kenya opposed the decision.

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Leaders from the East African region are expected to attend the inauguration, including Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, Djiboutian President Ismail Omar Guelleh and Egyptian Prime Minister Mostafa Kamal Madbouly.

International delegations from Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Malaysia are also expected.

All Presidents of the federation All member states of Somalia – Puntland, Galmudug, Hirshabelle, South West and Jubbaland – are already in Mogadishu for the event.

– Additional reporting from Abdulkadir Khalif