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Why Abiy Ahmed’s Prosperity Party is good news for Ethiopia

By Yohannes Gedamu In November, Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed established a new pan-Ethiopian political party. It brings together three of the four ethnic-based parties that make up the ruling Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic... Read more »
Under Abiy, Ethiopia’s media have more freedom but challenges remain

Why Abiy Ahmed’s Prosperity Party could be bad news for Ethiopia

By Awol K Allo Last month, three of the four ethnic-based parties that make up Ethiopia‘s ruling coalition, the Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF), voted to merge into a single national party,... Read more »
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Under Abiy, Ethiopia’s media have more freedom but challenges remain

Ethiopia’s Sidama vote overwhelmingly to form autonomous region

HAWASSA, Ethiopia (Reuters) – Ethiopia’s Sidama people have voted overwhelmingly to form their own self-governing region as many of the country’s ethnic groups demand greater autonomy under sweeping reforms led by Prime... Read more »
Under Abiy, Ethiopia’s media have more freedom but challenges remain

Ethiopia Will Explode if It Doesn’t Move Beyond Ethnic-Based Politics

Oromo nationalism helped bring Abiy Ahmed to power, but it could also be his undoing. To hold the country together, the Nobel-winning prime minister needs to convince various ethnic groups that he... Read more »
Under Abiy, Ethiopia’s media have more freedom but challenges remain

Ethiopia postpones autonomy referendum for ethnic Sidama: Fana news agency

Reuters – Ethiopia postponed by a week a referendum on self-determination for its ethnic Sidama community that would have created the country’s 10th autonomous region, Fana news agency reported on Tuesday. The... Read more »
Under Abiy, Ethiopia’s media have more freedom but challenges remain

Ethiopia says army to take over security in troubled south

Addis Ababa (AFP) – Ethiopia announced Monday that soldiers and federal police will take over security in a restive southern region following days of violence that has left at least 18 people... Read more »
Under Abiy, Ethiopia’s media have more freedom but challenges remain

Ethiopia: At least 17 killed in violence over Sidama autonomy

Al Jazeera – At least 17 people have been killed in clashes between Ethiopian security forces and activists seeking a new autonomous region for their Sidama ethnic group, according to a local... Read more »
Under Abiy, Ethiopia’s media have more freedom but challenges remain

Ethiopia faces more conflict with ethnic group’s push for region

NAIROBI (Reuters) – Ethiopia’s destabilizing regional frictions may worsen this month if the small Sidama ethnic group carries out a threat to unilaterally declare a new semi-autonomous region in defiance of the... Read more »
Under Abiy, Ethiopia’s media have more freedom but challenges remain

Abiy Ahmed’s Reforms Have Unleashed Forces He Can No Longer Control

Ethiopia’s prime minister oversaw the chaotic release of thousands of prisoners, including many ethnonationalist militants. His amnesty may now be coming back to haunt him. BY NIZAR MANEK | JULY 4, 201 9 FP ADDIS... Read more »
Under Abiy, Ethiopia’s media have more freedom but challenges remain

The underlying tension behind Ethiopia’s flawed federal system and its risks

By Yohannes Gedamu For almost three decades Ethiopia’s federal structure – enshrined in the country’s 1994 constitution – has been defended by the ruling coalition, the Ethiopian Peoples Revolutionary Democratic Front. It’s not surprising that... Read more »