Somalia: Presidential Candidates Boycott Debate Suspicious of Internet Disconnection

3 February 2017

Internet

12 candidates including former President Sheikh Sharif and former minister of planning Abdirahman Abdishakur walked out after SNTV team announced the debate will not be aired live .

Mohamed Yusuf one of the Sheikh Sharif campaign office told Radio Dalsan that they suspected the internet disconnection to be the work of incumbent Hassan Sheikh Mohamud

They blame the incumbent of misusing his influence over state run television

Mohamed said they will have a press conference at Jazeera hotel soon to protest .

This was to have been first Somali presidential candidate debate.

Hassan Sheikh Mohamud is said to be in Addis Ababa and was expected to participate live at 4 pm

SNTV management has declined to comment on the matter

Source: Dalsan Radio Mogadishu 31 January 2017