Presidential elections in Mogadishu


Somali MPs are choosing a president under extra security on Wednesday, with roads closed and residents requested to remain indoors over fears of an attack on the capital by al-Shabaab.

A protracted vote began on Wednesday after 14,000 elders and prominent regional figures chose 275 members of parliament and 54 senators, responsible to choose if to back President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud for a second term from 21 rivals.

Fears of attacks by armed group al-Shabab the authorities have limited the election to the country’s legislators, the vote is taking place at a heavily-guarded  compound of former air force base in the capital Mogadishu. In early morniing hours on Wednesday a gunnmen stromed a hotel in the semi-autonomous Puntland region, killing four guards. There are the other messages pointing to violence next to Mogadishu voting compound.

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