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Egyptian PM, UAE State Minister for Foreign Affairs arrive in Somalia for Mohamud's inauguration

Thursday June 9, 2022

Mogadishu (HOL) - Egyptian Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly and UAE State Minister for Foreign Affairs Sheikh Shakhboot Bin Nahyan Al Nahyan arrived in Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia on Thursday to attend the inauguration ceremony of the President-elect Hassan Sheikh Mohamud.

Today's ceremony will take place at the Afisiyoni tent inside the airport, amid Somali police forces imposed a full curfew in Mogadishu, covering both traffic and people until Thursday at 5:00 AM.

The UAE and Egypt want to have a strong relationship with the new Somali government as relations with the former government of Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo were slow.

So far, representatives from Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Turkey, and Bahrain have already landed in Somalia's capital.

Mohamud, who was voted out of power in 2017, was re-elected by Somalia's parliament on 15 May in Mogadishu, defeating the outgoing president Mohamed Abdullahi Farmaajo in indirect elections.

Somalia has not held a popular election since 1964.