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A man casts his vote in a local election in the Tigray region of Ethiopia. A man casts his vote in a local election in Mekelle, the capital of the Tigray region, in Ethiopia, Sept. 9, 2020 (AP photo).

Could a Deepening Regional Dispute Tear Ethiopia Apart?

Friday, Oct. 9, 2020

Editor’s Note: Every Friday, Andrew Green curates the top news and analysis from and about the African continent.

Ethiopian lawmakers voted to sever ties with leaders of the northern Tigray region this week in a move that one Tigrayan official called “tantamount to a declaration of war.” The decision by the upper house of Ethiopia’s national parliament, the House of Federation, is the most severe in a series of tit-for-tat provocations between Tigrayan leaders and federal officials and puts Tigray at risk of losing up to $281 million in federal budget subsidies. ...

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