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Vol 38 No 10

Published 9th May 1997


Trumpeting the Horn

Meles' alliance with Eritrea and Uganda is changing the balance of power in the region

Ethiopia is once more a force to be reckoned with, as Prime Minister Meles Zenawi emerges from the shadow of his 'elder brother' President Issayas Aferworki of Eritrea. Both are ex-Marxists who have taken up free-market economics. Meles denies that he merely follows United States' policies, but his critics point out that his government backed US proposals for an African peace-keeping force last year and was the first to break African ranks when the Americans opposed the reelection of Boutros Boutros-Ghali as United Nations' Secretary General.

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