Somalia imposes martial law in some areas Joshua Pantesco at 11:26 AM ET
[JURIST] The Somali transitional government [official website] on Tuesday began imposing martial law over areas under the government's control, two weeks after martial law was approved by parliament [JURIST report]. Prime Minister Ali Mohamed Gedi made the announcement late Tuesday after a meeting of African leaders decided against sending an additional 4,000 peacekeeping troops to Somalia. Neighboring Ethiopia has withdrawn its troop support, which some observers believe could encourage Islamic militias seeking to establish Islamic law [JURIST report] and replace the transitional government.
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