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Vol 57 No 24

Published 2nd December 2016


Ethiopia

New faces, old tactics

The government's response to a year of protest and calls for reform is unlikely to satisfy the opposition or lead to meaningful dialogue

After a year of deep political crisis, Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn has reshuffled his cabinet. Yet just a year since the last such moves, these signify no major change in direction, least of all an accommodation with the protest movement or meaningful political reform. The appointments provide ammunition for both detractors and supporters but it is clear that the government has not even taken a step towards greater political openness.

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