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Somalia's political leaders have reached preliminary agreement to move the government to the official capital of Mogadishu.

President and parliament speaker Sharif Hassan Sheikh Adan signed the agreement Tuesday during talks in Yemen aimed at ending their dispute over the issue.

The president has been operating from the town of Jowhar, saying Mogadishu is unsafe.

But the speaker, who is backed by warlords and members of parliament, say Mogadishu must be the capital as specified in Somalia's transitional charter.

The split has raised fears of new conflict in Somalia, which has been without a functioning central government since the overthrow of President Mohamed Siad Barre in 1991.

Ethiopia's finance minister says western donors' freezing of $375 million in aid to his country is unacceptable.

Sofian Ahmed said Friday the direct aid amounts to 10 percent of Ethiopia's annual budget.

Western diplomats said Thursday the European Union, the World Bank and other donors would withhold the aid as a result of Ethiopia's crackdown on opposition leaders and journalists.

Media reports say the donors hope to disburse the money through other channels to address Ethiopia's widespread poverty.

The government crackdown followed clashes between security forces and protesters last month, in which at least 46 people were killed. Wednesday, a judge ordered the continued confinement of more than 80 opposition leaders and journalists detained during the protests.

A total of 131 people are charged with plotting against the Ethiopian government, treason, and genocide.

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