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Vol 59 No 1

Published 12th January 2018


Trouble in the engine room

The biggest threats to the successes of the 'developmental state' are the growing challenges to the ruling party's legitimacy

The most worrying thing about the chaos towards the end of the year in Ethiopia was just how commonplace it seemed – a clear indication that the engine room of the Horn of Africa is in for another rocky twelve months. Armed troops dispersed an agitated crowd in the south-eastern Oromo town of Chelenko on 11 December, killing about 15, and two students were killed by police at Wollega University in the west of the same region. Social media was shut down, universities were closed, and Oromia's President, Lemma Megersa, used the regional broadcaster to challenge the federal government over the army's actions.

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