From: Berhane Habtemariam (Berhane.Habtemariam@gmx.de)
Date: Thu Nov 27 2008 - 07:41:32 EST
Somalia: Islamists faction says Djibouti agreement to worsen crisis in Somalia
The faction of the Union of Islamic Courts [UIC] led by Dr Omar Iman, has described the agreement signed by the Transitional Federal Government of Somali [ARS] and the Djibouti faction of Alliance for the Re-liberation of Somalia [ARS], as null and void.
The spokesman of the UIC faction, Sheikh Ismail Haji Adow, described the agreement as move aimed at worsening the current situation in the country, adding that 275 opposition MPs to be included in the TFG was aimed to cause problem to the Somali people.
The spokesman said if the ARS faction joins the TFG parliament, then the UIC faction will treat it just the like the government.
On the other hand, the spokesman warned the Kenyan government against sending troops to Somalia, saying that Kenya was trying to provoke the Somali people in order to enter the country. He advised Kenya to learn from Ethiopia, Uganda, and Burundi whose troops they [UIC] had thought lessons.
The statement of the UIC faction comes at a time an agreement was signed between the TFG and the ARS in Djibouti, in which the ARS will add 275 members of parliament to the Somali government.
Somalia: Ethiopia says top Somali government officials, MPs failing country
The Ethiopian government has accused members of the Somali parliament of not performing their duties and only coming to Baidoa , [seat of Somali parliament] southwestern Somalia to collect their salaries every month end.
The Ethiopia's foreign affairs minister, Siyoum Mesfin, in a press statement issued today, said Somali parliamentarians were in Nairobi, Kenya, and were not at all assuming their responsibility for the Somali people.
He added that members of the Somali parliament only go to Baidoa to collect their salaries at the end of every month and that was their sole reason for going to the town.
The minister, who also spoke about the conflict between the President of the Transitional Federal Government of Somalia, Abdullahi Yusuf Ahmad and Prime Minister Nur Hasan Husayn, said that the difference between the two leaders was based on personal and clan issue, which he said, was worth shying away from.
The Ethiopian foreign affairs minister in his press statement also said IGAD has made it clear that the top government officials of the TFG have not performed their responsibilities for the interest of the Somali people, and that of the country in general. He added that the problem in Somali today was not just the ongoing fighting, but also the conflict between the top government officials.
He also attacked NATO troops who are based at the Somali coast, saying that they were not performing their duties. He said Somali pirates were not fish born in the sea, but were people who have come from the mainland, and that the problem in Somalia should first be addressed before a solution for the piracy is sought.
At last, the minister asked the international community to support the efforts of finding solution to Somali crisis, which he said, if resolved will result in stability in the horn of Africa.
Somalia: New Mogadishu administration vows to adopt Shariah law
The new Banadir Regional Administration [whose headquarters is Mogadishu] has welcomed a recent statement by the Hawiye Cultural and Unity Council in which they urged the new administration to rule the region according to Shariah Law.
The first assistant governor of Banadir Region, Abdifatah Ibrahim Sabriye, welcomed the idea by the Hawiye Cultural and Unity Council in which they called upon the new administration to rule the region on Shariah Law. The assistant governor said the Banadir Administration is based on the Islamic Shariah and will make sure that all it does is complaint with the Shariah Law.
Sabriye also spoke on how they intend to tackle the worrying situation in Banadir Region and promised to do all they can to ensure that the internally displaced people who fled from their homes due to the fighting return.
The statement by the assistant regional governor of the new Banadir Regional Administration, Abdifatah Ibrahim, comes at a time when Hawiye Cultural and Unity Council elder, Ahmad Diriye Ali, yesterday called upon the new administration to rule Banadir Region to adopt Shariah Law warning that if they do not, there fate will be similar to those of the previous Regional Administrations.
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