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2007年VOA标准英语-Somalia Government Ridicules Opposition Gatheri

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By Nick Wadhams
13 September 2007

Somalia's interior minister has ridiculed1 opposition2 leaders meeting in Eritrea who have formed a new group that has promised war with Ethiopian troops that are backing the government. Nick Wadhams has more from Nairobi.

Mohamed Mohamud Guled, the Somalia Interior Minister, announced the suspension of the dusk to dawn curfew imposed on the restive capital Mogadishu, 13 Sep 2007
Mohamed Mohamud Guled, 13 Sep 2007
Somali Interior Minister Mohamed Mohamud Guled says Somalia's opposition already lost its opportunity to rule over the country when it was ousted4 by Ethiopian troops that entered the country in December.

He was responding to a decision made in Eritrea's capital, Asmara, on Wednesday, when Somali opposition leaders and members of the Islamic Courts Union that briefly5 held sway formed a new movement meant at forcing Ethiopian troops to withdraw.

The Alliance for the Liberation of Somalia has promised to oust3 the Ethiopians either through force or diplomacy6. Yet the interior minister, Guled, says the group is in no position to do so.

"They had a good chance, they were controlling the capital and most of the southern part of Somalia," said Guled. "In that case, even if they organize themselves, I don't think they will succeed because they don't have broad support, they don't have political motivation. We are really close to eradicating7 them."

Ethiopian troops entered Somalia in December at the behest of the country's weak transitional government to expel the Islamic Courts Union, which had gradually gained control of much of the country. Somalia has not had a proper government since a 1991 coup8.

While the Ethiopian troops have been unable to restore order to Somalia, analysts9 say the new opposition group will have a tough time forcing its withdrawal10. However, its existence could fuel an Iraq-style insurgency11 that steadily12 bleeds the Ethiopian forces.

Iqbal Jhazbhay is a Horn of Africa specialist at the University of South Africa.

"I'm doubtful that you can have a situation where the Ethiopians can be militarily defeated," said Jhazbhay. "The Ethiopian military on the ground is one of the biggest militaries in sub-Saharan Africa. You're likely to see a scenario13 along the lines of Baghdad, where you'll have roadside bombings, where you'll have suicide bombings."

The new opposition group was formed after days of talks in Asmara. Eritrea's decision to host the meeting is only likely to worsen tension with Ethiopia, its arch-rival. The government of Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi has shown no sign that it intends to pull its troops out of Somalia anytime soon.


1 ridiculed 81e89e8e17fcf40595c6663a61115a91     
v.嘲笑,嘲弄,奚落( ridicule的过去式和过去分词 )
  • Biosphere 2 was ultimately ridiculed as a research debade, as exfravagant pseudoscience. 生物圈2号最终被讥讽为科研上的大失败,代价是昂贵的伪科学。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • She ridiculed his insatiable greed. 她嘲笑他的贪得无厌。 来自《简明英汉词典》
2 opposition eIUxU     
  • The party leader is facing opposition in his own backyard.该党领袖在自己的党內遇到了反对。
  • The police tried to break down the prisoner's opposition.警察设法制住了那个囚犯的反抗。
3 oust 5JDx2     
  • The committee wanted to oust him from the union.委员会想把他从工会中驱逐出去。
  • The leaders have been ousted from power by nationalists.这些领导人被民族主义者赶下了台。
4 ousted 1c8f4f95f3bcc86657d7ec7543491ed6     
驱逐( oust的过去式和过去分词 ); 革职; 罢黜; 剥夺
  • He was ousted as chairman. 他的主席职务被革除了。
  • He may be ousted by a military takeover. 他可能在一场军事接管中被赶下台。
5 briefly 9Styo     
  • I want to touch briefly on another aspect of the problem.我想简单地谈一下这个问题的另一方面。
  • He was kidnapped and briefly detained by a terrorist group.他被一个恐怖组织绑架并短暂拘禁。
6 diplomacy gu9xk     
  • The talks have now gone into a stage of quiet diplomacy.会谈现在已经进入了“温和外交”阶段。
  • This was done through the skill in diplomacy. 这是通过外交手腕才做到的。
7 eradicating cf9ed8736a32d45cce133ae90d20d180     
摧毁,完全根除( eradicate的现在分词 )
  • Objective: To study the acute and chronic toxicity of Ten-flavor-acne eradicating-capsule. 目的:探讨复方中药合剂十味平痤胶囊的急性及慢性毒性。
  • We are on the verge of eradicating polio in the world. 我们已在世界消除小儿?痹症的边缘了。
8 coup co5z4     
  • The monarch was ousted by a military coup.那君主被军事政变者废黜了。
  • That government was overthrown in a military coup three years ago.那个政府在3年前的军事政变中被推翻。
9 analysts 167ff30c5034ca70abe2d60a6e760448     
分析家,化验员( analyst的名词复数 )
  • City analysts forecast huge profits this year. 伦敦金融分析家预测今年的利润非常丰厚。
  • I was impressed by the high calibre of the researchers and analysts. 研究人员和分析人员的高素质给我留下了深刻印象。
10 withdrawal Cfhwq     
  • The police were forced to make a tactical withdrawal.警方被迫进行战术撤退。
  • They insisted upon a withdrawal of the statement and a public apology.他们坚持要收回那些话并公开道歉。
11 insurgency dqdzEb     
  • And as in China, unrest and even insurgency are widespread. 而在中国,动乱甚至暴乱都普遍存在。 来自互联网
  • Dr Zyphur is part an insurgency against this idea. 塞弗博士是这一观点逆流的一部分。 来自互联网
12 steadily Qukw6     
  • The scope of man's use of natural resources will steadily grow.人类利用自然资源的广度将日益扩大。
  • Our educational reform was steadily led onto the correct path.我们的教学改革慢慢上轨道了。
13 scenario lZoxm     
  • But the birth scenario is not completely accurate.然而分娩脚本并非完全准确的。
  • This is a totally different scenario.这是完全不同的剧本。
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