Ethiopia’s new leader, Abiy Ahmed, draws red lines on graft and calls for term limits

(OPride)—Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has been in power for 25 days. In that time, he has visited five of Ethiopia’s nine ethnic-based states. Call it charm offensive or a victory lap.... Read more »

Unrest: Ethiopia at a Crossroads

Part 2: DISTRIBUTION OF POWER On the surface, Ethiopia’s government appears to be representative. The ruling coalition — the Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) — consists of four political parties. Each... Read more »

All that glitters is not gold: Can Ethiopia’s new PM deliver?

(OPride) — On April 2, the ruling Ethiopian Peoples Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) elected Dr. Abiy Ahmed as its first Oromo Prime Minister. People are still celebrating his ascent and analyzing his... Read more »

Polyglot Ethiopian premier must ease ethnic, youth tensions

ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) – In choosing a 42-year-old polyglot from Ethiopia’s largest ethnic group as prime minister, the ruling coalition is trying to ease ethnic tensions and appeal to the legions of... Read more »

Ethiopian regime struggles to quell growing unrest

John Aglionby in Burayu February 1, 2018 Eleven days after Ethiopian opposition leader Merera Gudina was released following two years in prison, he used a political rally to ramp up pressure on the autocratic... Read more »

Ethiopia needs to change its authoritarian course

Ethiopia is the China of Africa. Like China, it traces its history back thousands of years and considers itself a regional giant. Like China 30 years ago, it has a serious development... Read more »

Ethiopia’s ruling coalition sweats over insecurity as Oromo, Amhara MPs protest

The Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Defence Front (EPRDF), the country’s ruling coalition is facing an internal crisis which has led to Members of Parliament (MPs) belonging to two main blocs – the Amhara... Read more »

Decoding the Eastern Ethiopian Conflict

Tension has been simmering for years along the longest border in Ethiopia which often led to intermittent clashes involving mostly the Oromos and Somalis. The Borana: catch the colour. The Borana people live... Read more »

Ethiopia bids to become the last development frontier

Abebech Dansa says she could not be happier. Last year the 25-year-old single mother from Hawassa, 275km south of the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa, quit her job at a beauty salon. She... Read more »

How long can Ethiopia's state of emergency keep the lid on anger? – The Guardian

In a muted show of defiance near Ethiopia’s capital city, a tall farmer glanced around before furtively crossing his arms below his waist to make the Oromo people’s resistance symbol. Ethiopia’s government... Read more »