Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Minnesotan Somali Declares Candidacy for Somalia’s Premiership

by Swallehe Msuya from Mshale (Somalia)

Abdurahman Ali Osman, a peace-activist and businessman in Minnesota, has announced plans to go back to his native Somalia to vie for the vacant post of Prime Minister following the resignation of Ali Mohamed Gedi. Osman said he had friends in diplomatic circles of the US, UN and neighboring countries who desired Somalia to be stable and peaceful ... On Islamic Courts, Osman said they had a positive role to play as long as “they apply the Sharia (Islamic law) to work in the interest of the people in the true Islamic spirit.” The Islamic Courts have to agree to deal with Ethiopian forces now on the ground to prevent things “going out of hand again,” he said ... Osman’s pragmatism, he said, would allow him to strengthen ties with international organizations such as the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), the Arab League, the Organization of Islamic Conference which started in Somalia in 1967, the African Union and the United Nations.

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