Elections deferred for one year
President Sharif Sheikh Ahmed and the Speaker of the parliament signed an agreement on Thursday to delay elections for one year and extend their terms of office.
The agreement has the approval of the United nations and has come about because of the fragile nature of the country at the moment. Ugandan President Museveni was present at the signing. Uganda is currently supplying around two thousand troops who are battling with Al Qaeda backed militants.
Part of the deal that was struck will see the prime minister resign and a new appointment made. The agreement states that ‘elections for the President and Speaker of parliament will have to take place prior to 20th August 2012.