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Linda Grimm

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Ethiopian Prime Minister Resigns : February 17 and 23, 2018
Ethiopian Prime Minister Resigns
Linda Grimm

Beset by political and ethnic unrest and fractures in its ruling coalition, the Ethiopian government began implementing reforms early in 2018 to stop the spread of antigovernment protests. In February, Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn announced his resignation, stating that it was necessary to allow further reforms to take place. Desalegn’s successor, Abiy Ahmed, moved quickly to accelerate the pace of reform upon taking office, including freeing opposition leaders from jail, lifting restrictions on assembly and expression, and reshuffling cabinet-level positions.

Protestors Demand Change

Since 2015, Ethiopia has been racked by antigovernment protests, many of which have occurred in the Oromia and Amhara regions—the largest of the country’s nine ...

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