Somali officials announced Sunday that they have reached an agreement to hold legislative elections no later than February 25, after repeated delays.
A statement issued after several days of consultations held by Prime Minister Mohamed Hussein Robley with the rulers of various Somali states stated that “the existing elections for the People’s Assembly will be terminated between January 15 and February 25, 2022.”
Robley and Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, nicknamed Farmajo, have long been at odds over the election crisis, with fears the row could turn violent.
Farmajo last month suspended Robley’s duties, but the prime minister accused the president of an “attempted coup” and defied his decision, while Farmajo himself faced calls from opposition leaders to vacate his office.
Elections in Somalia are organized according to a complex, indirect model, whereby state legislatures and clan delegates choose members of the national parliament, who in turn choose the president.