19 January 2014

Somalia: Jubaland Imposes Three-Day Curfew in Kismayo

Kismayo — Somalia's Jubaland administration enacted a three-day curfew for the inauguration of President Ahmed Mohamed Islam (Madobe) in the southern port city of Kismayo, Garowe Online reports.

Jubaland Internal Affairs and security Minister Gen. Mohamed Farah Darwish Sunday announced the curfew that will last for three days: "We poured many security forces into the town to ensure smooth inauguration ceremony," said Darwish, adding that only public transport services would be allowed during the inaugural process.

The interior minister requested the local residents to closely cooperate with the security forces on the plan of preventing the terror activities from happening.

The movement of vehicles and businesses remain stalled and soldiers in armored personnel carriers are carrying out search operations in the vast Kismayo neighborhoods.

On the other hand, Jubaland government officials continue to receive the delegations invited to attend the inauguration ceremony at Kismayo International airport.

The newly elected Vice President of Somalia's northeastern state of Puntland Abdihakin Abdullahi Haji Omar Amey is among the high-ranking officials who will witness Madobe's inauguration.

Ahmed Madobe became the leader of Kismayo Interim Administration and later was elected as Jubaland President in a huge convention which brought together 500 delegates on 15 May, 2013 in Kismayo.

Jubaland gained its recognition from Mogadishu-based federal Government after IGAD-brokered bilateral talks in August 2013 in the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa.


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