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U.S. Cuts Aid To Ethiopia Amid Nile Dam Dispute 

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U.S. Cuts Aid To Ethiopia Amid Nile Dam Dispute 

The United States government has cut 100 million dollars in aid to Ethiopia over the ongoing dispute on the construction of a mega dam on the River Nile. The construction has been a major issue among Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia. Several meetings were held to find a resolution, but a common ground has not been reached.  Egypt says it relies on the River Nile for 90 percent of its supply, but Ethiopia says the project will not affect Egypt`s water supply.

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More than a month ago, Ethiopia announced it had started withholding water in the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam.  Prime minister Abiy Ahmed’s government has maintained that Ethiopia had every right to construct the dam to meet its power needs.

A source at the US state department says up to 100 million dollars has now been temporarily cut from Ethiopia funding that expires at the end of the year, after the country rejected us-led mediation with Egypt and Sudan.

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The US state department official also says the decision to pause certain assistance for Ethiopia was for the nation to reflect on American concern about Ethiopia’s unilateral decision to begin filling the dam before an agreement and all necessary dam safety measures were in place.

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Ethiopia has said the us was biased and backed Egypt in the talks.  Ethiopia’s ambassador Fitsum Arega said he hoped the US would reconsider. Arega said he hopes 117 years of diplomatic relations will not be damaged because of an issue not related to the two countries.

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Bah Ndaw Sworn In As Mali’s Transitional President Following Coup

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Bah Ndaw Sworn In As Mali’s Transitional President Following Coup

Mali’s new interim president Bah Nda`w has been sworn into office today, Friday at a ceremony in the nation`s capital, Bamako.  The former defence minister and retired army colonel was picked by coup leader, Colonel Assimi Goita, to head a transitional government until elections are held. Colonel Assimi Goita, will serve as deputy president.

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Nda`w said, in his inauguration speech, that he will end militant insurgency in the country’s north and stop organized crime.

The military junta in Mali took over power and forced Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta out of office five weeks ago. ECOWAS leaders have overseen negotiations for a return to democracy.  The appointment of a civilian president was a condition for the west African regional group, ECOWAS, to lift the sanctions it earlier imposed after the coup.

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Mali leaders are hoping ECOWAS will lift sanctions on the country after the inauguration. The new government is expected to be in office for a transition period of 18 months that will lead to an election.

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