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Al-Ahram Weekly news: Ethiopia into the abyss

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s policies are leading his country into further chaos, writes Mostafa Ahmady
Mostafa Ahmady , Tuesday 5 Jan 2021
The only “success” that Abiy Ahmed, the prime minister of Ethiopia, may have achieved since assuming office a couple of years ago is that the very foundations on which modern Ethiopia, at least since 1991, has been resting have been shaken.

Before Ahmed took over after a stormy convention within the now-defunct Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF), the various ethnicities in Ethiopia hardly tried to coexist in peace and harmony.

The ethno-federal system introduced by Meles Zenawi, Ethiopia’s former long-serving prime minister and godfather of the modern nation, seemed doable, at least on the surface. While it is true that federalism in Ethiopia can be observed only in the “official” name of the republic and some other appearances like the celebration by the country’s various ethnicities of their respective cultural events and traditions, it is also true that the nation was glued together in one piece by the Zenawi system no matter how fragmented it was deep down inside.


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