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Deputy Speaker Denied Departure at Aden Adde Airport

MOGADISHU (SD) -Reports from Mogadishu indicates that the first deputy speaker of the Somalia parliament, Abdiweli Sheikh Ibrahim Mudey, has been denied permission to leave the airport.

Mudey was reportedly on his way to Barawe district, the capital of the Southwest state, to contest for his seat HOP #145.

Mudey, along with some of his bodyguards, are reportedly still inside the Aden Adde International Airport, in the VIP section, after the plane to carry the deputy was ordered not to leave Aden Adde International Airport.

The order to block Abdiweli Mudey to Barawe was reportedly issued by the outgoing National Security Adviser to President Farmajo, Fahad Yasin Haji Dahir and the South West administration.

“When I asked the airline why I was not allowed to board their plane, they told me that the South West authorities had ordered it, and that the aviation authorities in Barawe had threatened to shoot down the plane if I did,” Mudey said.

Abdiwali Ibrahim Mudey described the move as a violation of the fundamental freedoms of Somali citizens, who are legally entitled to vote and stand for election.

The reason behind Mudey is refused to travel to Barawe has to do with his seat been reserved for a candidate named Mohamed Weli Abdullahi Sheikh, a close friend of Fahad Yasin Haji Dahir.

The latest reports also say that the a presidential guard arrived at Aden Adde International Airport, saying that they have an order that Mudey was not be allowed to fly out of Aden Adde International Airport with his bodyguards who were heading to Barawe today.

Elections are set to take place soon, including the seat currently held by Mudey.

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