30 Sep '12, 11am

Ethiopia: Simmering Somali Situations via @Strategypage

September 30, 2012: So far the power transition following the death of Ethiopian leader Meles Zenawi has gone smoothly. Acting Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn became prime minister on September 15. He also assumed leadership of the governing party, the Ethiopian Peoples Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPDRF). No one expects Hailemariam to make any drastic changes, at least for the time being. There are many reasons. The government is watching the rapidly unfolding events in southern Somalia, where the assault on Kismayo proved to be a Kenyan military show, not one led by the Ethiopian Army. Hailemariam’s government is also trying to broker a border settlement between Sudan and South Sudan. But the main reason is Meles legacy. He has a long shadow. Ethiopian media continue to run numerous reflections on Meles 21 years in power, some worshipful, some bitterly harsh. The ...

Full article: http://www.strategypage.com/qnd/ethiopi/articles/20120930...

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