Somali leaders postpone elections by a year

June 9, 2011 - 4:30 AM

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Somalia's squabbling leaders have agreed to postpone their country's upcoming presidential vote by one year to help the government deal with security and political issues.

The deal calls for Prime Minister Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed to resign within 30 days.

The international community had been putting pressure on Somali leaders to reach agreement before the government's term expires in August.

The late Wednesday deal between President Sheik Sharif Sheik Ahmed and Speaker Sharif Hassan Sheik Aden was signed in Uganda's capital, Kampala.

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni and the U.N. envoy for Somalia, Augustine P. Mahiga, mediated.

Somalia's President Ahmed and parliament speaker Aden had been locked for months in a dispute over what to do when the government's term expires.