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Ethiopia’s Transition to Democracy Has Hit a Rough Patch

PM Abiy Democracy reform progress threatened by long-standing grievances
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

What if Ethiopia’s Tin Pot Dictator Zenawi Goes for Good?

The Economist Magazine rhetorically inquired, “What if Mr. Meles goes for good?” Shouldn’t the question be, “Is it not good for Ethiopia if Mr. Meles goes for good?”

Zenawi: A leader who got 99.9% of  the vote out of the 99.9% Ethiopians who wished him dead, is gone or he is just as good as gone

By Prof. Al Mariam,

Those who know where Mr. Meles has gone are not talking; and those who are talking don’t know where he has gone. But everyone knows dictator Meles Zenawi has completely vanished from public view. He was last seen at the G20 meeting in Mexico on June 19. He looked gaunt and debilitated.

On July 18, an Agence France Press report citing “several diplomatic sources” reportedthat Zenawi is a goner “in a critical state” at a hospital in Belgium and he “might not survive”. Ethiopian Satellite Television (ESAT), citing an anonymous source at the International Crisis Group (ICG), reported that Zenawi is dead and gone. ICG issued an opaque denial stating that it had “no direct knowledge” of Zenawi’s “health” or death.  Continue reading What if Ethiopia’s Tin Pot Dictator Zenawi Goes for Good?