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ICC NOTE: Not everyone is aligned with the move for the UIC to control Somalia: protests in Somali town declares the Islamic views the UIC enforce are too militant.

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Anti-Islamist protest in Somalia

August 9 2006

Tension is high in a central Somali town after protests against Islamists who now control the capital, Mogadishu , and much of southern Somalia . Correspondents say residents in Galkayo, 600km north west of Mogadisu, are divided about whether to support the Union of Islamic Courts (UIC).

Two people were injured in Tuesday’s protest, led by clerics who say the UIC’s brand of Islam is too militant.

Galkayo borders Puntland, a region believed to be against the courts.

The transitional government of Somalia , based in Baidoa, is also divided about whether to negotiate with the courts.

Scuffles

Hundreds of people carrying placards and shouting anti-UIC slogans took part in the demonstations before scuffles broke out, Somalia ‘s Shabelle website reports.

I’m not willing to go back to Somalia until Somalia becomes peaceful and a democracy

UIC militia are reported to be controlling a main road outside Galkayo.

In Baidoa, Prime Minister Ali Mohamed Ghedi is attempting to form a new 31-member cabinet after the previous cabinet was dissolved on Monday.

President Abdullahi Yusuf has given him a week to form a new government.

The two agreed on Monday to put aside their differences, after divisions on the question of possible talks with the Islamists sparked a crisis in the government.

The interim cabinet originally had more than 100 members, not all of whom had been approved by parliament.

Over the past two weeks some 40 ministers quit their posts in protest at the prime minister’s opposition to peace talks with the UIC, and Mr Ghedi narrowly survived a parliamentary vote of no confidence.