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The Difficulties of Creating an East African Federation

Sep 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.
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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