Ethiopia’s rate of 2.4 million new internally displaced people in 2018 far exceeded Syria’s. Reformist Abiy’s aggressive reform agenda has won praise, but shaking up Ethiopia’s government risks exacerbating several long-simmering ethnic rivalries.
There have been some bright spots, like the rise of more resilient opposition movements in the DRC and Uganda. But elsewhere on the continent, as in Tanzania and Zambia, repression is on the rise.
There are three disturbing trends in Ethiopia: tensions within the ruling party; continued ethnic tensions; and the lack of transparency around the deals done with insurgent groups.
Are Gulf powers pushing for the unification of the Horn of Africa under the leadership of Ethiopia, and the “De-Turkification” of Somalia?
So far premier Abiy is rewarding people’s faith by taking big steps to redress past injustices. Ethiopian unity is thought to be at the highest it has been in decades.
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