Somali leaders on Sunday struck a deal to end an impasse over the parliamentary elections that have threatened the stability of the country battling a deadly armed uprising by the al-Shabab armed group.
The polls are to be held by February 25.
“The ongoing election of the House of the People (lower house) will be completed between the periods of January 15 and February 25, 2022,” said a statement issued after the talks in the capital, Mogadishu.
There have been fears that the disagreement between Prime Minister Mohamed Hussein Roble and President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed over the long-delayed elections could erupt into violence.
Somali elections follow a multifaceted indirect model, whereby state legislatures and clan delegates pick lawmakers for the national parliament, who in turn choose the president.