​Somalia: Galmudug bans flights from Mogadishu


ADADO, Somalia - Somalia's central semi-autonomous region of Galmudug has suspended flights from Mogadishu from landing at Adado city amid deadlock between the State's top leaders over Gulf crises, Garowe Online reports.

In a statement released by the State President Ahmed Dualle Geelle Haaf and obtained by GO has barred airlines coming from the capital, citing naked interference and incitement of the Somali Federal government in Galmudug.

The new ban, which goes into effect from Today, Thursday, September 28 exempted the flights for humanitarian agencies and African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM).

The Ministries of Security and transport of Galmudug and the private airline firms have been notified to abide by the flight suspension, which will continue until further notice, according to the statement.

This comes as a Parliamentary delegation from Somalia's Lower House and Senate are in Adado district for mediation, and holding talks with the rival leaders, in an attempt to solve the political crises in the regional administration.  

There was no immediate reaction from Somali Federal government to the travel ban. Some legislators urged the leaders of Galmudug to resolve the brewing dispute between the Parliament and the President.

The row worsened after 52 MPs of the regional State parliament said on Tuesday they have booted president Haaf out of office in a vote of no confidence, accusing him of violating the constitution and elected interim president.

The move has raised questions about the legitimacy of the vote, as the Speaker of the assembly was reported to be under house arrest and the President rejects the decision, saying it was "unconstitutional."


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