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Two Weeks After Extending Rule, Somalia President Backtracks

  • Reverts to holding indirect vote as per September agreement
  • Farmajo to pave way for vote in address to lawmakers Saturday
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Somalia’s leader said he’s prepared to hold elections, after a controversial plan to extend his mandate without a vote drew international condemnation and stoked violence in the Horn of Africa nation.

President Mohamed Abdullahi, also known as Farmajo, called for urgent talks on the return to a Sept. 17 agreement between the federal and regional governments to hold an indirect election.