For Ethiopia’s Abiy, big reforms carry big risks

Longtime independent Ethiopia researcher Rene Lefort compared Abiy’s reforms to 1991, when the EPRDF, then a rebel army, stormed the capital Addis Ababa and removed the Derg military junta from power. “I... Read more »

Ethiopia to ‘Fully Accept’ Eritrea Peace Deal From 2000

Ethiopia announced Tuesday that it would accept a 2000 peace agreement with Eritrea over their disputed border, potentially a major step toward resolving one of post-colonial Africa’s bloodiest and most protracted conflicts.... Read more »

Ethiopia Announces Peace Deal With Eritrea : NPR

Ethiopia’s Parliament announced an early end to a state of emergency and then the ruling party decided to unilaterally, and without any conditions, accept a peace deal with its neighbor Eritrea. STEVE... Read more »

Ethiopia moves to lift state of emergency two months early as tensions ease

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed waves to the crowd at a rally April 11 in Ambo, Ethi­o­pia. (Zacharias Abubeker/AFP/Getty Images) By Paul Schemm | Washington Post ADDIS ABABA, Ethi­o­pia — Ethiopia’s government... Read more »

Ethiopia PM, ODF leaders agree to foster national unity

Ethiopia’s prime minister, Abiy Ahmed has met with representatives of exiled opposition party, the Oromo Democratic Front (ODF) after the latter agreed to participate in Ethiopia’s political discourse peacefully. ODF had confirmed... Read more »

Formal Talks Begin Between Ethiopia Government and Exile Based Opposition Party ODF

Addis Standard – A statement issued by the Oromo Democratic Front (ODF), an exile based opposition party, and was received by Addis Standard says formal talks between “high-level delegation of the government... Read more »

Ethiopia govt starts formal talks with exiled opposition group ODF

The government of Ethiopia has started formal talks around ongoing political reforms with an exiled opposition group, the Oromo Democratic Front (ODF). A May 13 statement by the ODF confirmed that a... Read more »

Ethiopia’s Long Political Transition Is a Lesson for Others

Ethiopia, a strategically located regional power with over 100 million people and one of the fastest growing economies in the world, has a new prime minister. Abiy Ahmed is a compelling figure... Read more »

Fixing Ethiopia Requires More Than a New Prime Minister

Editor’s Note: For years, Ethiopia has appeared to be a relative success story, emerging from years of conflict and becoming a somewhat democratic, pro-Western ally in East Africa. Yet this success is... Read more »

Ethiopia: You Have Become A King. Now, Be One! -–Part II

By Teshome Abebe*   On September 16, 2015, after EPRDF declared election victory and with the ensuing affirmation of Ato Hailemariam Dessalegne as the premier, I wrote the following: In the epic... Read more »