More than 150 women and girls were raped, beaten, and brutalised over a 10-day period at the end of November.
The ruling EPRDF which has been in power for nearly 30 years is decaying. The Tigrayan People’s Liberation Front, the dominant wing of the ruling coalition has started to act as an opposition from within to PM Abiy’s reforms.
Nearly all of Africa has opposition parties – which is more than can be said for China. While opposition leaders face intimidation, their troubles are minor in comparison to the deadly retribution meted out in Russia
Burundi is far from alone. Rwanda, Togo, Gabon, Uganda, Chad, Cameroon, Djibouti, Republic of Congo, Sudan, Eritrea, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo have all fiddled with term limits
The Asian Tigers, as well as China, Ethiopia and Rwanda, support the view that autocracies grow more rapidly than democracies – but often lack the leadership renewal that regular free and and fair elections bring about