Somalia: President Sharif calls for separation of religion and government
Mogadishu (RBC Radio) Although political Islam helped president Sharif Ahmed become Somali president in 2009 after peace agreement, religion is no longer the road to presiding. In an interview with the Milan-based Il Giornale , president Sharif said Union of Islamic Courts movement, which vanquished warlords in 2006 and for six months ruled large swathes of southern Somalia, was destroying the country.
President Sharif said that “I just realized the need to separate religion and government”
The interview is an electoral strategy from the president’s camp to deny his opponents an opportunity to associate president Sharif with political Islam in its moderate or extremism form.
MPs of Somalia’s new parliament will elect a new president in a few days’ time. The Selection Committee tasked with the election have drawn up a set of criteria. Presidential candidates are required to pay £10,000. So far the president and prime minster Abdiweli have submitted their candidacy fee to the selection committee.
Il Giornate Interview with president Sharif:
Ora la Somalia sta ripartendo E l’Italia si lascia tagliare fuori»