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PM Roble orders ATMIS troops to take control of election venue

GENEVA (SD) – The Prime Minister of Somalia, Mohamed Hussein Roble, has reportedly instructed the African Union Mission in Somalia (ATMIS) to take immediate control of the election vicinity at Aviation camp in Mogadishu which is set to host tomorrow’s the election of the Speaker of the 11th House of the People.

In a statement posted on his Facebook page, Prime Minister Roble said the move was aimed at preventing disruption to the election of the Speaker of the House of Representatives.

“”Considering the security challenges that are hampering the completion of the election, I have instructed the ATMIS peacekeepers to immediately take over the security of the Aviation tent so that we can conduct the parliamentary elections and prepare for next month’s presidential election.” the PM’s post said.

The PM directed the ATMIS Force to work closely with his Office, and the Ministries of Security and Defense.

“The ATMIS leadership will work closely with my office and the Ministries of Security and Defense as well as the Speaker of Parliament.”

Mr. Roble also said that the Prime Minister’s Office would submit to ATMIS a list of MPs entering the polling booth in the Aviation camp.

The PM’s remarks come amid allegations of security breaches in the country’s house of parliament.

Prime Minister Roble is in Geneva, Switzerland to attend an international conference on the drought situation in the Horn of Africa.

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