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  A late August negotiations in Addis Ababa between the Somali government and representatives of the Jubaland administration have given birth to the creation of an ‘Interim Juba Administration’ in Southern Somalia to be led by Sheikh Ahmed Mohamed Islam, a.k.a Sheikh Madobe, who was once a senior member of the Union of Islamic Courts and who spent time in Ethiopian prison. A recent report by the UN called him a “spoiler”, and some within the Somali federal government allege a possible resurgent of a relationship between al-Shabab and  Sheikh Madobe, our editor-in-chief  Tsedale Lemma says that poses a greater security threat to Ethiopia