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Vol 63 No 11

Published 26th May 2022


Abiy juggles the truce with force

The Prime Minister needs to look firm to his ethno-nationalist allies while appearing to concede western demands to deepen the Tigray truce

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has skilfully managed alliances with Oromo and Amhara political groups ever since he came to power in April 2018. He used them to obtain a historic peace with Eritrea, to oust Tigrayans from power, to drop the Oromos and then to create his own national Prosperity Party. Most recently he used the Amhara and Eritrea to pursue the war with Tigray.

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