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Power Shift in Ethiopia Creates New Tensions, and Tigrayans Fears

Shaking up Ethiopia’s government risks exacerbating several long-simmering ethnic rivalries

Disagreements over land and resources between the 80 different ethnic groups in Ethiopia have often led to violence and mass displacement, but a fast and unprecedented shift of power led by reformist Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed is causing new strains, the so called experts say.

BY JAMES JEFEEREY | IRIN NEWS

Ethnic tensions are the biggest problem for Ethiopia right now,” Tewodrose Tirfe, chair of the Amhara Association of America, a US-based advocacy group that played a significant role in lobbying the US government to censor the former regime. “You’ve got millions of people displaced – it’s a humanitarian crisis, and it could get out of control.” Continue reading Power Shift in Ethiopia Creates New Tensions, and Tigrayans Fears