Gunfire erupts in Somali capital during vote, possibly in celebration - witness | Reuters

MOGADISHU Gunfire echoed across the Somali capital on Wednesday evening during the second round of voting by lawmakers for their president, a Reuters witness said.The reason for the firing was not immediately clear, but it appeared to be celebratory as it erupted as former Prime Minister Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo took a strong lead in the vote, over incumbent Hassan Sheikh Mohamud. A third candidate was trailing further behind.None of the trio seemed on course to secure the necessary votes to avoid a third round face-off between the top two.

(Reporting by Abdi Sheikh; Writing by Edmund Blair)

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Updated Date: Feb 08, 2017 22:31:30 IST

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