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Sudan’s Military Council to Be Dissolved in Transition Deal

Sudan’s top general has said the military council that assumed power in April will be dissolved with the implementation of a power-sharing deal.
Sudan’s head of the military council, Gen. Abdel-Fattah Burhan, says the military council that assumed power after the overthrow of President Omar al-Bashir in April will be dissolved with the implementation of a power-sharing deal reached with protesters last week. (HUSSEIN MALLA/ASSOCIATED PRESS)

BY ASSOCIATED PRESS

Sudan’s top general says the military council that assumed power after the overthrow of President Omar al-Bashir in April will be dissolved with the implementation of a power-sharing deal reached with protesters last week. Continue reading Sudan’s Military Council to Be Dissolved in Transition Deal

Ethiopia’s Transition to Democracy Has Hit a Rough Patch

PM Abiy’s democratic reforms have been threatened by long-standing grievances over land, identity and regional boundaries that resulted in rising insecurity and the displacement of over two million people.

BY FELIX HORNE | LOS ANGELES TIMES

The ascent of Dr. Abiy Ahmed to the post of prime minister in Ethiopia a year ago was a rare positive story in a year filled with grim news globally. Within months of taking office, his administration released tens of thousands of political prisoners, made peace with neighboring Eritrea, took positive first steps to ensure free and independent elections, and welcomed previously banned groups back into Ethiopia. It was an astonishing turnaround in a short period. Continue reading Ethiopia’s Transition to Democracy Has Hit a Rough Patch

‘Eritrean Opposition’ and Ethiopia’s Fast Changing Politics

What does the future hold for the so-called ‘Eritrean opposition’ in the face of the current political reality and crisis in Ethiopia?

Their fate was sealed a long time ago.

BY MAHMUD SALEH

Ethiopia’s political situation is deteriorating by the day. All indications reveal that EPRDF, the ruling party in Ethiopia is in crisis. Intra-party crisis (in fights) and external pressure (mass uprising) have shaken the grip of the EPRDF/TPLF, an organization that once seemed invincible. Grievances of marginalized communities have been seething for years, albeit disconnected and less organized. Continue reading ‘Eritrean Opposition’ and Ethiopia’s Fast Changing Politics

Somaliland, East Africa’s Strongest Democracy

Though unrecognized by the international community, the country benefits from a strong social contract between government and citizens

Somaliland held its sixth peaceful, competitive and relatively clean vote yesterday. This unparalleled record makes it the strongest democracy in the region.

BY THE ECONOMIST

Drop a pin on a map of eastern Africa and chances are it will not land on a healthy democracy. Somalia and South Sudan are failed states. Sudan is a dictatorship, as are the police states of Eritrea, Rwanda and Ethiopia. Continue reading Somaliland, East Africa’s Strongest Democracy

Ethiopia Silences the United States on Human Rights Abuses

The very least the U.S. government can do is take a stand

Sadly, while Congress delays its vote because of the regime’s empty threat, thousands continue to be arbitrarily arrested, tortured, forcibly evicted, and more.

BY ELIZABETH FRASER

In July 2017, when a House Resolution on human rights and democracy in Ethiopia (H. Res. 128) was heard in the Committee on Foreign Affairs, support for the bill was resounding. Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) called the Ethiopian government a “corrupt regime” and “a dictatorship that knows no bounds.

Committee Chair Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA) warned that the Ethiopian government must “take tangible steps to ensure opposition voices are protected, are respected, and are welcomed.” Continue reading Ethiopia Silences the United States on Human Rights Abuses

Kenya’s ‘Null and Void’ Election

The Supreme Court’s decision to scrap the presidential election leaves Western election observers, and other who gave the poll a clean bill of health, with an egg on their face.

BY THOMAS C. MOUNTAIN

It seemed as though last months election in Kenya would be, as always, stolen fair and square. Instead a Supreme Court hand picked by the Kenyatta Royal Family revolted and for the first time in African history declared the election “null and void” and ordered a re-vote. Continue reading Kenya’s ‘Null and Void’ Election