Somalia’s Jubaland closes airport in Kismayo

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MOGADISHU, Somalia – Somalia’s Jubbaland state has closed its main airport in the port town of Kismayo, some 500km south of the capital, Mogadishu, ahead of the regional presidential leadership election.

The move comes a day after Kenyan troops denied Ethiopian military carrying weapons to land in Kismayo, sparking standoff between the two sides.

Kenya is a key security partner for the current Jubbaland President Ahmed Mohamed Madobe, who is seeking re-election as Ethiopia seems to have been backing the federal government in Mogadishu in the last year.

 

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