ATMIS imposes curfew on Somalia’s presidential poll venue

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The African Union Transition Mission in Somalia (Atmis) has imposed a curfew on the Afisyoni air force hangar in the Somali capital, Mogadishu and the surrounding areas ahead of the presidential election due to take place on Sunday.

The curfew takes effect from Tuesday and ends on Monday next week, according to a report by the BBC.

More than 300 MPs will converge at the airport to vote for the president, who will govern the horn of Africa nation for the next four years.

Key candidates in the elections include the incumbent President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo and his two predecessors, Hassan Sheikh Mohamud and Sharif Sheikh Ahmed, who are widely regarded as front-runners.

A total of 39 presidential contenders will be vying for Somalia’s top job.

The presidential poll has witnessed a series of delays before a date was finally set for Sunday 15th.
BY OSMAN HUSSEIN ALI
(osmanhusseinke@gmail.com)