Saturday, April 18, 2009

A Dark Day For Somalia

Prepared for stoning: Sharia (Islamic Law) in action. A file photo

Somali lawmakers endorse use of Islamic law

Saturday, April 18, 2009

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Somali parliamentarians unanimously endorsed a proposal to implement Islamic law in the Horn of Africa nation.

Lawmakers say they hope the vote Saturday will help drain support from Islamist insurgents battling the U.N.-backed government. Implementation of Shariah law has been one of their key demands.

Prepared for beheading: Sharia (Islamic Law) in action. A file photo

Information Minister Farhan Ali Mohamed says scholars and imams will be invited to review the country's constitution and suggest amendments to clauses they regard as un-Islamic. Any changes would have to be approved by two-thirds of Parliament.

The vote was done by a show of hands instead of the usual secret ballot.

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