Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Somali President's Resignation Could Resolve Crisis: Ethiopia

From AFP:

ADDIS ABABA (AFP) — Somali President Abdullahi Yusuf Ahmed's resignation after a drawn-out power struggle could boost efforts to stabilise the country, a senior Ethiopian official said on Tuesday.

Yusuf announced his resignation on Monday following a bitter feud with his prime minister, adding concerns about increased political instability to fears of a security vacuum as Ethiopian troops pull out of Somalia.

But Bereket Simon, an advisor to Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi, said Yusuf's departure could give fresh impetus to a transitional administration long crippled by internal differences.

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