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Vol 38 No 10

Published 9th May 1997


Ethiopia

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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