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Ethiopia’s changing of the guard

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Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s reform agenda has been both fast-paced and far-reaching. Since coming to office less than a year ago, he has begun a reconciliation process with Eritrea after decades of conflict and cross-border animosity, put in place a young cabinet
with 50% female representation, released up to 60,000 political prisoners, unbanned opposition parties including those which had been designated as terrorist organisations by previous administrations, and begun an ambitious economic reform and liberalisation programme. 

These initiatives have earned Abiy a sterling international reputation while also drawing broad popular support in many parts of the country. Nevertheless, Abiy’s dismantling of the ruling EPRDF’s system of government also holds the potential to unleash a pandora’s box of political forces that have historically resisted or objected to the country’s leadership and system of government. So Ethiopia is embarking on a new political era, laced with optimism but also uncertainties.

In this note, we explore both the opportunities and challenges ahead for this East African country. Click here to download the article. 

About the author: 

Roddy Barclay - Director of Intelligence and Analysis

Roddy leads africapractice's political risk advisory and business intelligence team. He has advised clients across diverse sectors on managing their political and reputational risk exposure for over eight years and has developed particular expertise in the extractives, ICT and financial sectors.

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