Policy Brief: Reform in Ethiopia – Turning Promise into Progress

Yoseph Badwaza & Jon Temin, Freedom House

Created 07/03/2019



September 2018

Ethiopia has seen dramatic political changes this year, but significant challenges remain. The United States should seize this opportunity to support a genuine democratic transition in a pivotal country.

Key Takeaways

  • In January 2018, the ruling Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) declared that it would pursue reforms in response to intensifying antigovernment protests that began in November 2015.
  • In April, at the age of 42, Abiy Ahmed became one of Africa’s youngest leaders when he was selected by the EPRDF as prime minister following the resignation of Hailemariam Desalegn.
  • Abiy wasted little time in accelerating the reform agenda, which included lifting the state of emergency, releasing political prisoners, and announcing plans to revise repressive laws.

And more…

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