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Vol 65 No 2

Published 18th January 2024


Why Abiy and Muse signed a 'memorandum of misunderstanding'

A hasty deal offering recognition of Somaliland's sovereignty and a port for Ethiopia has angered the region

By announcing a trade-off on New Year's Day – putative recognition of Somaliland's 'independence' in exchange for access to the Gulf of Aden – Ethiopia's Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and his Somaliland counterpart Muse Bihi Abdi have united the region against them, ramping up tensions at a highly volatile time.

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