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The Difficulties of Creating an East African Federation

MIN READSep 13, 2013 | 14:44 GMT

Rwandan President Paul Kagame (L), Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni (C) and Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta meet June 25 in Entebbe, Uganda.

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More economic integration between the countries of the East African Community (Burundi, Rwanda, Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania) is almost inevitable, but the creation of a political federation is a threshold that will not be crossed. Senior officials from all member states except Tanzania met Sept. 10-12 in Kampala, Uganda, where they decided to set up a team to draft a constitution for their discussed political federation, the East African Federation, which is one of several steps the countries have taken to integrate with one another both politically and economically....

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