Wednesday, February 8, 2017

"Somali capital on lockdown as MPs choose president"

AJ:

A protracted vote began on Wednesday after 14,000 elders and prominent regional figures chose 275 members of parliament and 54 senators, who in turn now choose whether to back President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud for a second term or one of 21 rivals.

Fears of attacks by al-Shabab, an armed group, have limited the election to the country's legislators, who will vote at a heavily guarded former air force base in the capital, Mogadishu.

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sources within the parliament had confirmed that huge sums of money were paid by some of the candidates and rival presidential candidates have accused each other of buying the loyalty of MPs, drawing furious denials.