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Vol 52 No 24

Published 2nd December 2011


What’s in Somalia for Ethiopia

Ethiopian troops have gone into Somalia to support the Kenyan deployment, although Prime Minister Meles Zenawi remains sceptical about the operation. Ethiopia wants to maintain its regional role and worries about its diminishing influence on Somali policy. Like Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni, Meles may resent the praise for Kenya while troops from Uganda, Burundi and Ethiopia have paid a much higher price for weakening Al Haraka al Shabaab al Mujahideen, to little applause.

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