Ethiopean commanders say they are starting to pull their troops out of Somalia after helping interim government forces there oust Islamist militants. The announcement was made at a ceremony in Mogadishu during which former warlords and faction leaders where handing over weapons to the newly-installed transitional government.
Ethiopean and Somalia government troops drove the Islamists out of the capital, and finally the south, after a two week war over the New Year period. Somalia’s Interior Minister says the Ethiopians will be replaced “within a week” by African Union peacekeepers. The AU has approved a nearly 8,000-strong force, but experts doubt its capacity to bring lasting stability to the African nation.