ASWJ pulled out the signed power-sharing deal with Somalia’s gov’t

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Monday September 27, 2010 - 12:30:08 in News In English by Xarunta Dhexe
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    ASWJ pulled out the signed power-sharing deal with Somalia’s gov’t

    Ahlu Sunna Waljamaca (ASWJ) that signed a power-sharing deal with Somalia's government has withdrawn from the UN-backed transitional administration, just days after the prime minister quit over a dispute with the president.

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Ahlu Sunna Waljamaca (ASWJ) that signed a power-sharing deal with Somalia's government has withdrawn from the UN-backed transitional administration, just days after the prime minister quit over a dispute with the president.


Ahlu Sunna Waljamaca (ASWJ), which joined the battle against al-Shabab and other armed groups seeking to topple the governmentin March this year, announced on Saturday that it would no longer be part of under fire administration.

Sheikh Abdullahi Sheikh Abu Yusuf, the spokesman for ASWJ, told the Reuters news agencythat the government had failed to meet certain agreements reached as part of thepower-sharing deal.

"From now on, we as Ahlu Sunna Waljamaca declare thatthe treatywe have signed with the government in Addis Ababahas ended," Yusuf said.

"The government itself has caused that. We were not in [Prime Minister Omar Abdirashid] Sharmarke's government or any other next government. We shall continue fighting against the al-Shabab and Hizb ul-Islam to keep our controlled areas peaceful."

ASWJ had no cabinet members in the government of the departedprime ministerdespite being promised five when they joined earlier this year.

Internal divisions

Beforesigning a deal withthe government,ASWJ had pushed back al-Shabab and Hizb ul-Islamin central Somalia, and its entry into government was meant to help defeat those fighters.

Their exit is likely to further weaken the government'spush against the groups, and herald more of the
internal divisions that have beset the Transitional Federal Governmentand slowed government business.

ASJW, which is made up of Sufi Muslims,has warned that the departure ofSharmarke last weekwill only worsen Somalia's insecurity.

"We urge holding a reconciliation conference to bring Somalis together to get an effective authority that can rid the country of terrorists and foreign fighters," Yusuf said.

Armed groups have been fighting the government since the start of 2007 and the Western-backed administration has been hemmed into a few blocks of the capital Mogadishusince a rebel offensive last May.

Al-Shabab fightershave stepped up their offensive to topple the government in the last six weeks. A
suicide bomber blew himself up outside the presidential palace compound on Monday night, wounding two peacekeepers.

Using suicide bombers, the group has killed five government ministers and dozens of AU peacekeeping troops over the two last years. Al-Shabab was also behind attacks in Uganda in July that killed at least 79 people.

Rohosafi,
English News Staff
Email: Englishnews@live.com

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