27 May 2012

Sharia State Coming in Mali?

Two major rebel fronts in Mali have agreed to form a Sharia state in Northern Mali.

Two rebel groups that seized northern Mali two months ago have agreed to merge and turn their territory into an Islamist state, both sides say.

The Tuareg MNLA, a secular rebel group, and the Islamist group Ansar Dine signed the deal in the town of Gao, spokespeople said.

Ansar Dine, which has ties to al-Qaeda, has already begun to impose Sharia law in some towns.

The groups took advantage of a coup in March to seize the territory.

Correspondents say the deal is yet another worrying development for Mali and may complicate efforts to stabilise the country.

By: Brant

1 comment:

S O said...

Primitive civil codes such as Sharia and Old testament were made for societies such as the one in northern Mali; unable to maintain elaborate police, courts, prisons.

Stoning and cutting limbs off is horrible, but it may actually be less ill-suited in the area than a corrupt pseudo-Napoleonic civil code with complicated Roman influences.

Besides; what happens in Africa largely stays in Africa, I guess this should be a no-issue to us.