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

Reuters February 08, 2017 22:31:30 IST
Gunfire erupts in Somali capital during vote, possibly in celebration - witness
| Reuters

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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