Kenya clears two planes carrying election material to Somaliland

Empty seats can be seen in a departure lounge, while a grounded aircraft is parked on the tarmac of Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi on April 3, 2020. – In addition to a nightly curfew to contain the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus Kenya has suspended all travel for anyone entering Kenya from any country with reported COVID-19 coronavirus cases. (Photo by TONY KARUMBA / AFP) (Photo by TONY KARUMBA / AFP via Getty Images

Kenya has given diplomatic clearance to two planes carrying voting materials for local and parliamentary elections to Somaliland, despite Kenya banning flights into Somalia.

In a statement, the Kenyan Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated that the approval for the aircraft type ‘Astral Aviation Ltd’ was granted: MacDonnell Douglas DC-9 F and Boeing B727-227F, which are to fly over / land in Kenyan airspace from May 13th to 15th to transport election materials for the upcoming local and parliamentary elections in Somaliland on May 31st. “

The ministry determined that the crew and passengers will adhere to the Ministry of Health’s guidelines on COVID-19.

In addition: “The approval is given with a 72-hour window to compensate for any delays.”

Kenya suspended all flights to Somalia on May 11, with the exception of humanitarian supplies and medical evacuation flights. This was the result of a communication from the aviation authority, the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA).

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