Somalia has announced another extension in parliamentary elections, pushing the deadline to complete the vote to March 15.
Prime Minister Mohamed Hussein Roble made the announcement after a virtual meeting with leaders of five federal member states.
After multiple extensions, the parliamentary elections were decided to be completed by February 25.
The National Consultative Council acknowledged that lawmakers failed to meet the deadline because of drought, escalating security tensions in some constituencies, and a lack of funding.
The parliamentary ballot began last November to elect members who, along with 54 senators, will choose a new president. So far, 184 out of 275 seats in the lower house have been filled.