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SOMALIA: SECURITY ON HIGH ALERT AHEAD OF PRESIDENT INAUGURATION

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Security has been beefed up in the Somali capital and around the Aden Adde Airport, ahead of the inauguration of President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud today.

Main roads in Mogadishu were closed yesterday with police deployed in large numbers and armored vehicles on the streets leading to the presidential palace.

Overnight the city was put under a curfew.

The leaders of Ethiopia, Kenya and Djibouti are set to attend the inauguration ceremony.

Djibouti’s leader Ismail Omar Guelleh and Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta – whose government’s relations with Somalia reached a record low point during the reign of outgoing President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo are now hoping to reset ties with the new Somali administration.

After the inauguration, the new president is expected to name a prime minister who will form a new government.

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