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Choosing Stability Over Democracy in Ethiopia

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

NAIROBI, Kenya -- It's easy to confuse the interior of Nairobi's Habesha restaurant with a lost corner of Ethiopia. The smell of frankincense and thick, dark coffee waft through the air as the latest tunes by Teddy Afro vie to be heard over the Amharic-language patter of denizens from Addis Ababa, Lalibela, Mekele and Gonder. There's a good reason for the resemblance: Many of Habesha's clients are in exile for speaking out against the government of Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi.

And if the 2005 elections as well as this year's campaign season are any indication, it might be even harder to find a table at Habesha come May's parliamentary polls. ...

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