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2018: The Year Abiy Ahmed Started to Put Ethiopia's House in Order

Dec 31, 2018 | 10:00 GMT
Passengers pose for a selfie inside an Ethiopian Airlines flight on July 18, 2018. The trip was the first commercial flight between the Ethiopian and Eritrean capitals in two decades.

Passengers pose for a selfie inside an Ethiopian Airlines flight on July 18, 2018. The trip was the first commercial flight between the Ethiopian and Eritrean capitals in two decades. At home and abroad, new Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has rolled up his sleeves to make a number of changes in the country.

(MAHEDER HAILESELASSIE TADESE/AFP/Getty Images)

The Horn of Africa giant has had a whirlwind 2018. A leadership change in Addis Ababa paved the way for Abiy Ahmed to become prime minister. Energetic, young and ambitious, the new head of state is pursuing a whole host of projects, ranging from a broad ethnic reconciliation campaign to temper internal instability to brokering a peace deal with erstwhile foe Eritrea. The economic front has also been full of activity, as Abiy has promised to reform the country's top-heavy economy by partially privatizing major state-owned companies like EthioTelecom, Ethiopian Airlines and others. As Ethiopia enters a new year full of new challenges, here's a look back at some of the articles that dominated Stratfor's coverage of the rising giant in 2018....

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