Somali government signs deal with Sufi militia

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) - Somalia's government has signed an agreement with a powerful militia that offers high-level militants senior government positions in return for their military support during a long-planned offensive against an Islamist insurgency.

The agreement gives the Ahlu-Sunah Wal-Jamea militia five ministry posts as well as diplomatic posts and senior positions in the police and intelligence services.

The militia holds several towns and districts in central Somalia.

Moalin Mohamud Sheik Hassan, the militia's head, signed the deal with Somali Finance Minister Sharif Hassan Sheik Aden at a ceremony held at the African union's headquarters in the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa.

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