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Somalia suspends flights to Mogadishu on Inauguration day


MOGADISHU, Somalia- Somali Federal government has suspended all flights from Mogadishu's Airport on next week during the inauguration ceremony of the new President Mohamed Abdulahi Farmajo, Garowe Online reports.

According to a statement by Somalia's Civil Aviation Ministry obtained by GO, local and International flights from Aden Adde Airport will be suspended on February 22 for security reasons.

The government said that only the planes that are carrying high-level delegates invited to attend the inauguration ceremony of President Farmajo will be allowed to land at the Airport.

It said the Airport's normal operations and the flights will resume in the following day, according to the statement. The security measure is set to enforce security during the President's inauguration. 

Last week, Somalia has also suspended flights to Mogadishu on February 8, during the election of Farmajo as the 9th President of the Horn of African nation by the Federal Parliament in a secret ballot.

Since the presidential vote, security has been beefed up in an attempt to deter possible terrorist attacks in the inauguration day by Al Shabaab group that is fighting Somali Federal government.