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Vol 58 No 2

Published 20th January 2017


Ethiopia

Development state digs in

The political crisis shows no sign of abating but the opposition remains in disarray. The economic cost of the turmoil is rising

The government says that it is listening to the people and is considering reform in the wake of the violence and unrest in Amhara and Oromia for much of 2016. Yet the state of emergency declared for six months last October bans all political activity. This contradiction typifies the government's attitude. It may appear accommodating but has no intention of making any substantial concession to greater democracy and accountability. It will uncompromisingly hold the line against unrest, stage some show trials of corrupt officials, and keep to its political and economic course without major deviation.

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