No Room for Uncertainty

More than 98% of voters in Eritrea elected to secede from Ethiopia, bringing to a peaceful close one of Africa's longest and bloodiest wars of independence. But economic development will not come so easily. Eritrea's government needs in excess of $2 billion to begin rebuilding the nation's shattered infrastructure, and any future prosperity may hinge on amicable ties with Eritrea's former rulers in Addis Ababa. Since the breakaway province now controls Ethiopia's only access to the Red Sea, it is a relationship neither side can afford to neglect.

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