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Tensions remain high between Africa’s two most populous countries, Egypt and Ethiopia, as the $5bn Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) and associated 6GW hydropower plant – the largest in Africa – near completion. Originally slated for completion in July last year, and already heavily delayed, the project will be further pushed back by investigations launched in the wake of Ethiopia’s change of government earlier this year.
This takes some of the heat out of the relationship between Egypt and Ethiopia.
Ethiopia’s 2010 decision to proceed with long-mooted plans to harness the Blue Nile as a key source of power were taken by Egypt as a threat to what the country has seen as its birthright since the time of the Pharaohs. (CONTINUED - 824 WORDS)
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