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Vol 52 No 3

Published 4th February 2011


Ethiopia

A five-year exit plan

As democracy activists pressure entrenched regimes across Africa, Premier Meles's government sets out its plans for controlled change

From a position of strength - there is just one opposition member of parliament - the ruling Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Democratic Front has been setting out its plans to rebuild itself and renew its leadership. If the EPRDF is to be believed (and plenty of people do not believe it), it will replace its leaders over the next five years. Meles Zenawi himself will retire in 2015, he says (AC Vol 51 No 18). A first big change is the retirement of Seyoum Mesfin after 19 years as Foreign Minister and his appointment as Ambassador to China, showing the importance Ethiopia attaches to that connection.

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