Voting for members of Somalia’s lower house of parliament has been moved to late November as a result of a new timetable that has been drawn out by an election implementation commission.
This will delay the indirect election of a president.
This means that voting for lawmakers by elders which had been due to be completed this week, with the election of a speaker and swearing in of members of parliament happening next week in time for them to pick a president on October 10 will now be between Oct 1 and November 20.
The timetable did not give a date for when the lawmakers will elect a president.
President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed attempted to extend his rule following the expiration of his term in February. That caused a political crisis and an armed standoff in the streets of the capital.