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Vol 60 No 5

Published 8th March 2019


Abiy dining dangerously

Personal prestige projects threaten to divert the Prime Minister’s attentions from his reform agenda

As the latest controversy over Ethiopia's capital, Addis Ababa, crackled and sizzled, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed's thoughts turned to dinner. A fundraising banquet to be more precise, with dignitaries asked for contributions of five million birr (US$175,000) towards the leader's pet project – a planned 29 billion birr ($1bn) beautification of the city's putrid waterways – for the honour of dining with the great man.

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