By brazenly interfering in local Somali election politics, Addis Ababa is yet again inflaming anti-Ethiopian sentiments.
While many of Somalia’s pirate foot soldiers languish in jail, the kingpins remain at large and have shifted their focus towards more profitable illegal activities.
A meeting of the Nile Basin states called by Ugandan President Museveni broke down, a reflection of growing Egyptian-Ethiopian tensions. Egypt meanwhile is boosting military cooperation with Eritrea.
Because of tensions over River Nile, the speed with which Cairo has moved to embrace the new Somali president is bound to increase Ethiopia’s anxieties at the growing Arab influence in the country.
It was the first IGAD summit ever held in Somalia, with AMISOM saying it was “a clear dividend of returning stability in the country”
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