Political change in Egypt to boost Nile cooperation

May 13, 2011

Ethiopia, however, is busy building a mega dam on its share of the river. Eighty-five percent of the Nile’s water originates in Etiopia and it is exploiting the river to try and reduce chronic power shortages.

Before Mubarak resigned in February, Ethiopia and five other Nile Basin states had agreed a new treaty which would reduce Egypt’s share of the waters and remove its veto over upstream projects which could slow the flow.

While Egypt and Ethiopia signed a cooperation agreement in 1993, relations have been at a low ebb since 1995 following an assassination attempt on Mubarak by Islamist gunmen during a visit to Addis Ababa.

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