In a Bold Experiment, Ethiopia’s Abiy Aims to Put Citizenship Over Ethnicity

Ethiopians wearing traditional Oromo costumes gather to welcome returning leaders of the once-banned Oromo Liberation Front, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Sept. 15, 2018 (AP photo by Mulugeta Ayene).
Ethiopians wearing traditional Oromo costumes gather to welcome returning leaders of the once-banned Oromo Liberation Front, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Sept. 15, 2018 (AP photo by Mulugeta Ayene).

One of the most dramatic political pivots of 2018 occurred in Ethiopia, where the sudden rise of 42-year-old Abiy Ahmed as prime minister ushered in a series of head-spinning reforms in a country long ruled by a deeply repressive regime. There is now the very real possibility that Ethiopia could make a lasting shift to democracy. There are so many positive signs so far that most Ethiopians at home and abroad seem gripped by a sense of euphoria. But not all is well in Ethiopia. Abiy faces a number of significant obstacles to his goal of bringing a free, peaceful […]

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