Somali President Sheikh Sharif Sheikh
Ahmed is expected to soon sign into law a state of emergency approved by
parliament. This follows the recent escalation of violence perpetrated by hard
line Islamic insurgents who have vowed to overthrow the government.
of emergency, approved Wednesday, gives President Ahmed special powers to make
decisions without consulting the legislature.
It will last for the next three
months as the government struggles to wrestle control from the Islamic had
liners, including al-Shabab.
Abdi Kadir Walayo , the Somali government
spokesman told VOA that neighboring countries are
concerned about the violence spilling over into their territories.
was a long process and it passed through the Council of Ministers and it was
subject to the approval of the parliament. And yesterday the parliament unanimously
adopted the state of emergency, which is subjected to be ratified by the
president soonest," Walayo said.
said the government is determined to quell the insurgency.
president has the liberty to exercise the emergency (powers) to contain the
menace of the opposition armed groups… it will also improve the security
situation in the country (and) I hope it will end in the next three months," he
said Somalia's neighbors are concerned about the potential overflow of the
know our neighboring countries are really worried about the spillover of these
people (insurgency)… they have an agenda to express what they call
fundamentalism in this part of Africa," Walayo said.
said the insurgents are using Somali territory as their base to launch
insurgencies across the horn of Africa region.
want to use Somalia as the springboard because they see Somalia as the green
ground because of the weakness and nearly 20 years old civil strife," he said.
said the insurgents are incapable of seizing total control of the entire
kind of tug of war exists for the last 20 years and no part has the possibility
of capturing the whole country. It is just an ambush by the insurgents and they
have no ability to capture the country," Walayo said.
accused the insurgents of cowardly attacking innocent civilians.
what they are doing is only of some urban guerrilla warfare, which is hit and
run and it is not a full-scale war. It is just and assault and ambush and they
make a lot of noise…and as I told you before they are losing ground," he said.
said the government is determined to ensure that the insurgents do not succeed
in their objectives to overthrow President Ahmed's administration.
Meanwhile, a group of
Somali elders led by former President Abdiqassim Salad Hassan is attempting to
broker a ceasefire deal between the beleaguered government and the hard line