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Saturday, February 28, 2009

Somali leader accepts sharia law for truce

Sat, 28 Feb 2009 17:05:35 GMT


President Sharif Sheikh Ahmed
Somalia President Sharif Sheikh Ahmed has reportedly accepted a peace-proposal by religious clerics urging implementation of Sharia law.

"I met with religious leaders and elders and accepted their demand for ceasefire and reconciliation with the opposition members and I call on all opposition parties to halt the unnecessary violence," AFP quoted the president as saying on Saturday.


"The mediators asked me to introduce Islamic sharia in the country and I agreed," he added.

The announcement came as the country sinks further into a state of anarchy, with rebels steeping up attacks against the new unity-government, formed in January to provide Somalia with its first functioning government since 1991.

The proposal now awaits parliament ratification.

The religious leaders also met with Prime Minister Omar Adirashid Sharmarke earlier during mediation, a Press TV correspondent reported.

The chairman of the Somali Uluma Council, Sheikh Bashir Ahmed, announced that the possibility of introducing Sharia law in the Horn of Africa had been discussed with the premier.

At least 30 people were killed this week in anti-government attacks by the al Shebab militia and other militants.

The fighters demand the complete withdrawal of all foreign forces in Somalia and the imposition of Sharia law.

The president also said that the government had relocated to Mogadishu from neighboring Djibouti, which hosted United Nations-brokered talks that led to his election.

The new government, which comprises 36 ministers, began work on Saturday

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