Curfew imposed on Somali capital ahead of presidential polls

The African Union Transition Mission in Somalia (ATMIS) has imposed a curfew on the Afisyoni Air Force hangar in and around the capital, Mogadishu, ahead of the presidential election due to take place. May 15.

This comes after a suicide bombing near Mogadishu airport, which is the site of the presidential election. According to police sources, at least four people, including two security personnel, were killed and seven people were injured.

More than 300 MPs will converge on the airport to vote for the president, who will rule for the next four years.

The main contenders in the elections are President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo and his two predecessors, Hassan Sheikh Mohamud and Sharif Sheikh Ahmed, who are widely considered the frontrunners.

The vote suffered a series of delays before a date was finally set for Sunday May 15.

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