Abdi Gandhi new Azania president

2011-04-03 22:34

Nairobi - Somali politicians are creating a new state in the battle-scarred nation, bringing the number of regional administrations to at least 10.

The creation of Azania was celebrated on Sunday in a colourful ceremony in Kenya's capital. But the country's fragile government is condemning the move, saying it fractures the already chaotic nation.

Kenya supports the new administration as it creates a buffer zone near its border with Somalia.

Azania President Mohamed Abdi Gandhi says his first duty is to retake his territory from an al-Qaeda-linked militant group al-Shabaab.

Somalia has been mired in violence since 1991.