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Gov’t blocks roads in Mogadishu ahead of parliament session

MOGADISHU (SD) – Several roads leading to the Somali parliament in Mogadishu are this morning closed with a heavy presence of security forces ahead of today’s parliament session.

The Somali government has deployed scores of paramilitary forces in Makka al-Mukaramma road and the Daljirka-Dahsoon monument.

Sources who spoke Somali Dispatch confirmed the presence of Haram-Ad, Gorgor and NISA forces at a number of checkpoints mounted around the parliament.

The move comes amid heightened fears MPs could pass a vote to extend the term of President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmaajo.

There have been reports that the 15 MPs who were suspended last week by speaker Mohamed Mursal from the upcoming House sessions vowed to attend today’s session, a move that could prompt clashes between their bodyguards and the security forces.

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