The political transformation that has taken place in Ethiopia over the past 19 months can best be described as miraculous. I use the word in both its original Latin root meaning “miraculum” (“object of wonder”) and common understanding suggesting divine intervention in human affairs creating an object of wonder. Continue reading The End of TPLF Era in Ethiopia→
Ethiopia’s army chief, the president of Amhara state and three other top officials have been killed in two separate attacks. While the government has said the attacks took place within the context of an attempted coup in Amhara and are possibly linked, the overall motives remain murky. Continue reading Five Questions on the Crisis in Ethiopia→
The euphoria that engulfed the country one year ago when Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed assumed the hot seat at Arat kilo seems to be receding slowly. Another round of protests is visiting the country and they are erupting here and there. In fact, protests are even happening in places that have been relatively peaceful during the three years of protests which resulted in the ongoing reform led by the PM and his team. Continue reading Ethnic Politics: The Peril of Ethiopia?→
Is the new PM in charge as a leader? Does he have the clout and respect, and not just love from the people, from the various political parties, factions and the military or is he being influenced and manipulated by domestic or international groups?
Having started from within and having learned the ropes in the embrace of EPRDF politics, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed (PhD) has had a spectacular rise to power. He is considered by many Ethiopians as a saviour and healer who will save the country from its demons and from destroying itself. He is a young and charismatic leader revered by his supporters, a person who rose to power, on many levels historical and timely. Continue reading Is the Honeymoon Over for Prime Minister Abiy?→