On 17 December 2023, security forces loyal to outgoing Puntland President Said Abdullahi Deni seized control of the regional House of Representatives building in Garowe, the capital city of the autonomous region of Puntland. The seizure was likely related to the upcoming election in January 2024. The election came under dispute after parliament — which elects the president — voted to extend its term for an additional year and Puntland’s Constitutional Court deemed the vote illegal.