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Somalia to get sharia-based law

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Somalia to get sharia-based law
The government believes implementing sharia would help end attacks by militias [EPA]

The Somali cabinet has voted to make Islamic law the basis for the country's legal system.

Tuesday's move was an attempt to isolate more extreme armed groups by agreeing to a demand supported by much of the Somali population.

Farhan Ali Mohamed, the information minister, said implementing sharia, or Islamic law, would help end attacks by the militias.

The bill must still be approved by parliament, which is expected to hear it within days, and the ministry of justice would still select judges and police would have the power to detain suspects, the minister said.

Several armed groups have said they will stop fighting the government if sharia were implemented.

They include the Islamic party, an alliance of four groups that control parts of the capital and have influence in the port town of Kismayo.

But the al-Shabab group, which controls the main cities in the south, has said it does not recognise the legitimacy of the government.

Thousands of Somalis have been killed in battles between armed groups and pro-government forces in the past two years.

The chaotic Horn of Africa nation has been without an effective central government since clan leaders overthrew the government in 1991 and then turned their militias on each other.

In 2006, the Islamic Courts Union took over the capital Mogadishu and much of the south before Ethiopian troops supporting the shaky UN-backed government chased them from power.

The Ethiopians left Somalia at the beginning of this year as part of a peace deal and parliament elected Sheik Ahmed Sheik Sharif as president in January.

The former Islamic fighter has distanced himself from more hardline militias.
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The place is such a basketcase, I can't see how this would hurt.

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^ No compassion for the people under this slavery?
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The place is such a basketcase, I can't see how this would hurt.
The spread of Islam and Theocratic Islamic Governments across Africa perhaps, with no division of church and State?
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Some form of law has got to be better than no law at all.
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I don't think Sharia Law will prevent or put a stop to piracy
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I don't think Sharia Law will prevent or put a stop to piracy
Probably not. The Sharia law I like is the one in regard to thieves.
Now there might be an interesting solution in dealing with Bernie Madoff.
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Probably not. The Sharia law I like is the one in regard to thieves.
Now there might be an interesting solution in dealing with Bernie Madoff.
In Somalia the word "law" is up there with stealing foreign aid food, rape, disdain for life, and the sort. So, adding fundamentalism sounds about right.

As for applying Sharia law to Bernie Madoff, I would settle for impounding the square of everything he stole and mandate that he work for life and live on a 10 hour shift as a Walmart greeting host in Fargo ND (no offense to Walmart greeters).
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Some form of law has got to be better than no law at all.
Exactly. I know a few Somalis who live in Abu Dhabi. They say the same, but also welcome Sharia as the law of choice. All the ones I asked (from the Quraan student to the simple house maid) said it was much calmer when the Islamic Courts ruled. Crimes declined and a sense of security was restored after years of chaos.
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I don't think Sharia Law will prevent or put a stop to piracy
The problem is most of the attacks, if not all, come from Puntland/Somaliland not the troubled part of Somalia.

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