(July 23, 2010) It was reported on July 17, 2010, that the Puntland Council of Ministers unanimously approved a new anti-terrorism law, which, if enacted by the state's parliament, will establish a special court to try terrorism suspects and their accomplices. (Cabinet Approves Counterterrorism Law, GAROWEONLINE.COM (July 17, 2010), http://www.garoweonline.com/artman2/publish/Somalia_27/Somalia_Puntland_
Cabinet_approves_counterterrorism_law.shtml.) The 66-member parliament is expected to start debating the proposed law soon (id.).
Puntland, an area in the northeastern part of Somalia, is composed of the Bari, Nugal, Mudug, Sanaag, Sool, Ayn, and Karkaar regions. On May 5, 1998, it became the Puntland regional state, with its own three-branch governmental system. It is not seeking world recognition as an independent state; rather, it hopes to be part of a future Federal State of Somalia. (Puntland State Profile, Puntland State of Somalia official website, http://www.puntlandgovt.com/profile.php (last visited July 19, 2010).)