MOGADISHU (Reuters) – Voting for members of Somalia’s lower house of parliament has been rescheduled for late November, a move that will delay the indirect election of a president.

Voting for lawmakers by elders 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 Oct. 10.

But an election implementation commission has drawn up a new timetable for the drawn-out process showing that lawmakers will be picked between Oct. 1 and Nov. 20.

The timetable, seen by Reuters, did not give a date for when the lawmakers will elect a president.

The current government’s term expired in February. A delay in holding the election, and a row over President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed’s attempt to extend his rule, caused a political crisis and an armed standoff in the streets of the capital.

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That impasse was resolved in May.

(Reporting by Abdi Sheikh, Writing by Duncan Miriri, Editing by Timothy Heritage and Maggie Fick)

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