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Somali Cabinet OKs state of emergency

Somalia’s government is calling for a state of emergency to be declared in the lawless country. Information Minister Farhan Ali Mohamud says the Cabinet made the decision because Somalia “is in danger” and is facing a deteriorating humanitarian crisis.

world Updated: Jun 20, 2009 19:30 IST

Somalia’s government is calling for a state of emergency to be declared in the lawless country.

Information Minister Farhan Ali Mohamud says the Cabinet made the decision on Saturday because Somalia “is in danger” and is facing a deteriorating humanitarian crisis.

The president must announce the state of emergency before it can begin, though it is unlikely to change much as the weak government controls only a few blocks of the capital and a border town.

Islamic insurgents have been trying to topple the government for more than two years.

Meanwhile, Somali lawmakers passed a resolution calling for immediate international military intervention to help fight the Islamic insurgents.

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