23 March 2009

Somalia: Islamists Dismiss Their Leader

Mogadishu — Members from Hizbul Islam (Islamic Party) announced Monday in a meeting held in former pasta factory in north Mogadishu they have sacked their leader Sheik Omar Iman Abu Bakar and nominated Sheik Mohamed Hassan Amey as their leader.

They have also nominated their spokesman as Sheik Da'ud Mohamed Abtidon. Mr. Abtidon, the new spokesman of Hizbul Islam said "We fired the former leader because he broke the rules of the Party."

He also said that Hizbul Islam fought battles that their leader did not aware of and added that he rejected the calls by the Somali clerics who urged Islamists to stop the fighting.

The Somali Uluma Association called for earlier all Islamist fighters to stop the fighting and demanded the African Union troops to be withdrawn from Somalia with in 120 days.

Sheik Yusuf Mohamed Siad better known as Indho Ade, a member of Hizbul Islam said they support the decisions by the scholars.

The group accused their former leader that he opposed the calls of the scholars.

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