Ethiopian troops seize Kismayo ahead of elections
MOGADISHU, Somalia – Ethiopia’s troops reportedly have taken control of the port town of Kismayo lies some 500km south of Somali capital, Mogadishu, ahead of upcoming regional presidential elections.
The Ethiopian military troops with battle wagons were visible on main streets in the town.
Reliable sources indicated that the troops replaced Kenyan forces at Kismayo airport, and “oppose” current President Ahmed Madobe’s re-election plans.
Ethiopians controlling Kismayo airport could help the Somali government subvert Madobe’s “ban” from entering Kismayo.
Kismayo is preparing to host parliament and presidential elections in August amid strained relations between the Jubaland administration and the central government of Somalia.