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Vol 61 No 2

Published 23rd January 2020


Regime reality check

The poster child for the new Africa, Abiy Ahmed, faces tricky elections and more strident calls for local power-sharing

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and his fresh-faced Prosperity Party (PP) are set for a tough struggle in elections despite domestic acclaim and enthusiastic international support, including the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize. The process leading up to the national vote, already pushed tentatively to August from May, which was optimistic, is more likely to be violent and inconclusive than peaceful and clarifying for Ethiopia and Abiy, the West’s latest darling in Africa.

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