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.
Most Ethiopians believe the incoming premier will pursue political reforms. His election also means that for the first time in 27 years Ethiopian nationalism is gaining momentum.
Following widespread media reports that Hailemariam had announced that “all” political prisoners would be released, an aide quickly clarified that he had been mistranslated and that only “some” people would be pardoned.
Some 20,000 people have reportedly been detained under the state of emergency, which also led to curfews, bans on public assembly, and media and internet restrictions.
“Mobile data will be permitted once the government assesses that it won’t threaten the implementation of the state of emergency”