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Somalia: Sharia Law Declared Law of Land

(Apr. 27, 2009) It was reported on April 18, 2009, that the Somali Parliament had unanimously voted to make Sharia law the national law of Somalia. Osman Elmi Boqorre, deputy speaker of the Parliament. said: “343 parliamentarians attended the meeting and they all voted for the Sharia enforcement.” (Parliament Endorses Sharia, SHABELLE MEDIA NETWORK, Apr. 18, 2009, available at

The proposal to introduce Sharia law as the law of the land was unanimously endorsed by the Somali Council of Ministers (Cabinet) on March 10, 2009, before it was submitted to the Parliament for approval. (See Sharia Law, GLOBAL LEGAL MONITOR/WORLD LAW BULLETIN, Mar. 19, 2009, available at