Are Ethiopians Losing Faith in Abiy Just Weeks After His Nobel Peace Prize?

Are Ethiopians Losing Faith in Abiy Just Weeks After His Nobel Peace Prize?
Supporters of opposition leader Jawar Mohammed at a rally in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Oct. 24, 2019 (AP photo by Mulugeta Ayene).

Scores of people died in Ethiopia in late October after anti-government demonstrations descended into communal violence in and around the capital, Addis Ababa, and other parts of the Oromia region. The protests against Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed began when a high-profile activist and media mogul, Jawar Mohammed, accused the government of plotting an attack on him at his home.

Responding to the violence—which killed 86 people, according to the government’s latest count—is only one of the domestic challenges facing Abiy, who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize last month for his efforts to reconcile with neighboring Eritrea. To discuss the situation in Ethiopia, WPR’s Elliot Waldman is joined by Terrence Lyons, an associate professor at the School of Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University, where his research focuses on comparative peace processes and post-conflict politics in Africa.

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