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Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed appears to be reaching for security tactics…..

Ethiopia’s Stunning Reforms Now Challenged By Deadly Unrest ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia –  Ethiopia’s stunning political reforms are now threatened by long-standing ethnic tensions that have roared back to life since a young prime minister took power just five months ago and promised greater freedoms. While exiled groups once banned as terror organizations are welcomed home to join political dialogue, deadly…

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Thousands of Ethiopians took to the streets to demonstrate on Monday

Ethiopians: Thousands Protest Ethnic-Based Violence The Ethiopian government has denounced overnight ethnic-based violence on the outskirts of the capital. Thousands of Ethiopians took to the streets to demonstrate on Monday. As democratic reforms launched by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s government slowly take shape in Ethiopia, several areas surrounding the capital Addis Ababa were hit by what is the latest round…

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Hundreds Of Thousands In Ethiopia Welcome Once-banned Group

(banned Group)ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia –  Hundreds of thousands of Ethiopians gathered on Saturday to welcome returning leaders of the once-banned Oromo Liberation Front amid sweeping reforms to bring opposition groups back to politics. The OLF and two other organizations were removed from a list of terror groups earlier this year after Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed took office. He invited them…

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Ethiopia: Violence Ahead Of The Return Of Ethiopia’s Oromo Liberation Front Spark Concern

Ethiopia’s reformist PM Abiy Ahmed has called for calm in the wake of clashes between rival groups on the streets of Addis Ababa, ahead of the return on the weekend of the exiled Oromo Liberation Front leadership. The Oromo are Ethiopia’s largest ethnic group. The return the Oromo Liberation Front (OLF) comes after the return of the Patriotic Ginbot 7…

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Military Helicopter Crash Kills 18 In Ethiopia: News Agency

ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) – A military helicopter crashed in Ethiopia’s Oromiya region on Thursday and all 18 people aboard, including 15 soldiers, were killed, the state-affiliated news agency Fana said. The other three dead were civilians, Fana said. There was no immediate word on exactly where the helicopter came down and whether there were any casualties or damage on the…

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Top Ethiopian Engineer ‘took His Own Life’

Top Ethiopian engineer Simegnew Bekele, whose death from a bullet wound in July sparked a huge outcry, took his own life, police say. Mr Simegnew’s body was found in a car in the main square of Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa. The engineer was in charge of the country’s controversial multi-billion-dollar project to dam the Nile. Spontaneous demonstrations broke out in…

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So Ethiopia’s New Prime Minister Wants Real Democracy? Here’s What Has To Change First

By Hilary Matfess September 7 at 7:45 AM After a year of political upheaval and mass protests, Ethiopia’s autocratic government has been suggesting that it might be willing to transform its elections-for-show into elections that are genuinely free and fair. Within the past year, the government has freed its political prisoners. Its prime minister resigned. The ruling coalition held its first-ever…

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East Africa: Will Detente Lead To Democratic Reform In Ethiopia And Eritrea?

By Herman J. Cohen Washngton, DC — The rapprochement between Ethiopia and Eritrea is as surreal as it is wonderful. For decades, politics and governance in both states were defined by their bitter conflict. Now that they have suddenly embraced as friends, Africans and international observers have numerous questions about what this means for each nation. In 1991, I worked…

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