Saturday, May 13, 2006

Warring Somali ministers warned

Saturday, 13 May 2006, 18:50 GMT 19:50 UK

Somali President Abdullahi Yusuf has warned his ministers that they cannot continue to serve in his government while leading militias into battle.
His comments follow a week of fighting between an alliance of warlords - some of whom have seats in the transitional government - and an Islamist militia.
About 150 people, mainly civilians, have died in the capital Mogadishu.
One warlord, the Security Minister Mohamed Qanyare, says his militia is fighting "al-Qaeda in Somalia".

Mr Abdullahi called on both sides to end the fighting, and told the BBC the alliance of warlords "are not fighting on behalf of the government".

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