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A Muffled Insurrection in Ethiopia

Aug 19, 2016 | 09:30 GMT
A Muffled Insurrection in Ethiopia
Members of Ethiopia's Oromo ethnic group have been protesting the government since November 2015. Now that another large ethnic group, the Amhara, have joined them, the protests have become an unusually troublesome problem for Addis Ababa.
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Ethiopia's government, led by Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, has contended with protests for nearly a year. The government's efforts to quell the unrest have made headlines and drawn international criticism of late, but its problems go well beyond humanitarian concerns. Since the mid-1970s, Ethiopia underwent several periods of upheaval that changed not just the leaders of the country but also the political system and institutions that govern it. Now, with ethnic discontent reaching a new high and the tendrils of insurgency starting to re-emerge, Desalegn's administration faces the greatest challenge to its rule yet. ...

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