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Vol 62 No 1

Published 7th January 2021


Abiy’s search for legitimacy

The Prime Minister needs to hold successful elections and resolve a long-running dam dispute as he seeks to rebuild his reputation

Holding successful elections, finalising the continuing disagreements over the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) and providing a new political settlement acceptable to both ethnic nationalists and pan-Ethiopian centralists dominate the crowded ledger facing Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed in 2021. It offers him an immediate chance to rebuild his own reputation, as a young reforming premier and Nobel Peace Prize winner, which was almost fatally damaged by his 'law and order operation' in Tigray, his refusal to accept mediation, growing fears of ethnic targeting, and major humanitarian concerns.

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