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The Long-Running Headache of Minority Rule in Ethiopia

Mar 1, 2018 | 12:33 GMT
A minority ethnic group, the Tigrayans, controls the country's military and government.

Ethiopians protest against the government in 2017 during the annual Oromo festival to celebrate the end of the rainy season. The Ethiopian religious festival transformed into a rare moment of open defiance. The Oromo people, Ethiopia's largest ethnic group, began months of anti-government protests in late 2015.

(ZACHARIAS ABUBEKER/AFP/Getty Images)

The unrest in Ethiopia can be boiled down to three numbers: 35, 27 and six. The first two represent the percentage of ethnic Oromo and Amharic, respectively, that make up the country's 100 million people. But neither of those groups controls the reins of government. The Tigrayans – 6 percent...

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