Saturday, April 18, 2009

Somalia adopts sharia as national law

Somalia's parliament has unanimously endorsed the Sharia Law to be ruled with the country, deputy speaker said on Saturday. Parliamentarians say they hope the vote Saturday will help drain support from Islamist insurgents fighting against the new government. Implementation of the Islamic Sharia has been one of their key demands.

The deputy speaker of the Somali parliament Osman Elmi Boqore, said 343 parliamentarians attended the meeting and they all voted for the Sharia enforcement. "343 parliamentarians attended in the meeting and they have unanimously endorsed the proposal. No one has rejected or abstained the voting for the proposal of the Islamic law and Somalia has an Islamic government now," said Osman Elmi Boqore, who chaired Saturday's meeting.

Members from the Somali Islamic clerics and clan elders were present in the meeting. The cabinet ministers of the Somali government had previously approved implementation the Islamic Law.

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