07/12/08 (B477) Shabelle : Les islamistes imposent la Charia à Marka, tandis qu’ils imposent une nouvelle administration communale et régionale. // Al-Shebab forms new Islamic administration in Marka (En Anglais – Info lecteur)

The Islamic insurgent group, Al-Shebab, has announced a new administration on Saturday in Marka the provincial capital of Lower Shabelle region 60 kilometres (36 miles) south of the Somali capital Mogadishu, our correspondent reported.

Al-Shebab spokesman, Muqtar Robow Ali (Abu Mansur) addressed 100 people including elders and business people and he called for the people of the region to support the new administration.

Abu Mansur pledged the new administration would focus on reconciliation and restitution of looted properties.

The governor of Lower Shabelle region was appointed to Sheik Abdirahman Ahmed.

Marka is a key entry point for food and aid workers into Somalia.

Islamic resistance forces control central Somali towns – Kismayu ,Qoryoley and Bulo Marer .

Al-Shebab is the military wing of the Union of Islamic Courts, an Islamic movement that ruled much of Somalia in the second half of 2006 and aims to impose sharia law in Somalia.