SOMALIA: PARLIAMENT APPROVES IMPLEMENTATION OF ISLAMIC SHARIA LAW
|Somalian parliamentarians approve the implementation of the Sharia law
April 18, 2009: The Somali parliament unanimously approved a government proposal to introduce Islamic sharia law in the country, a key government promise and demand of the armed opposition groups.
"The 343 parliamentarians present at the session voted in favor of the motion and we now have the Islamic law as the law of the land," Osman Elmi Boqore, deputy speaker of the Somali legislature, said after the vote by show of hands.
Opposition groups have been demanding that the Sharia law be made the only law in Somalia. The Somali government has promised to introduce it in the war-torn country after its formation early this year.
The new Somali government is dominated by the moderate Islamists. Its introduction of the Sharia is seen as important milestone for national reconciliation.
The Somali parliament session was also attended by prominent Islamic clerics who urged the government to accept the implementation of the Islamic law.
Opposition commanders, particularly those of the hard-line Al-Shabaab group, had previously dismissed the plan for lawmakers to introduce the Sharia as "conspiracy against the Islamist fighters and their cause." (Sources: Xinhua, 18/04/2009)