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Somalia set for martial law


Somalia’s parliament is set to declare martial law amid fears a power vaccuum could lead to anarchy. Transitional Government troops backed by the Ethiopian Army have driven Islamist forces into a tactical retreat from Mogadishu, but they’ve not themselves established their authority in the Somalian capital, and looting is widespread.Prime Minister Ali Mohamad Gedi said martial law would be declared for three months from tomorrow.

But many analysts believe Gedi will only be able to maintain control if he can build an alliance of support from tribal leaders in the region – he alone doesn’t have the forces to impose his rule. And the other uncertain factor is the strategy the Islamists will now adopt – their leader Sheikh Sharif Ahmed has said his forces are united and determined to push out Ethiopian troops, and one possibility is that they will engage in asymmetric tactical warfare of the type seen in Iraq.

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