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Obstacle Stand in the Way of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s Moves Towards Democracy in Ethiopia

Apart from the challenge of democratizing an authoritarian state, it had to deal with ethnic violence and conflicts. And the massive internal displacement of citizens.

It’s two years since a surprise leadership change took place in Ethiopia. Introducing himself with a historic speech to the nation, the new Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed preached democracy as the only future for the country of more than 110 million.

The initial reforms were breathtaking. So much so that imagining democracy became justifiable. But Abiy’s administration inherited an extraordinary set of problems.

Apart from the challenge of democratizing an authoritarian state, it had to deal with ethnic violence and conflicts. And the massive internal displacement of citizens. Read the full article here.

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