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.
Lungu took advantage of a fire at a popular Lusaka market to declare a state of emergency, that gives him power to suspend Parliament, restrict freedom of movement, and impose a curfew.
As Ethiopia’s economy transformed between 2010-2015, corruption became a way of life. And in politics, opposition parties are seen as enemies, rather than rivals.
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.
Ethiopia’s recent troubled history suggests while the enemies of government denounce oppression today, they don’t necessarily champion human rights when they seize power themselves tomorrow
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