AU force deploys more officers to Somali regions for elections

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The Africa Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) says it has deployed more security officers in Adado and Jowhar — major towns in Galmudug state and Middle Shabelle region respectively — to help secure the electoral process there.

AMISOM Police Coordinator of Training and Development, Francis Aryee, said Monday the officers will work with the Somali police in beefing up security during the elections.

The deployment of the officers is part of wider efforts by AMISOM to ensure the electoral process in Somalia is conducted in a peaceful environment. AMISOM had no security forces in Adaado.

Adaado is the interim capital of Galmudug state. Jowhar is the capital of the newly formed HirShabelle state.

HirShabelle state is expected to hold elections for the Upper House following the inauguration of its newly-elected president, Ali Abdullahi Osoble.

Galmudug, which recently held elections for the Upper house, is preparing to choose its representatives for the Lower House.

It is expected that newly-elected Somali lawmakers will choose a new president on Nov. 30.

AMISOM police and troops are helping the Somali government fight Islamist group Al-Shabaab, which stages frequent attacks in the country.

Source – Xinhua

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