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Published annually since 1972, the Historic Documents series has made primary source research easy by presenting excerpts from documents on the important events of each year for the United States and the World. Each volume pairs original background narratives with well over 100 documents to chronicle the major events of the year, from official reports and surveys to speeches from leaders and opinion makers, to court cases, legislation, testimony, and much more. Historic Documents is renowned for the well-written and informative background, history, and context it provides for each document. Each volume begins with an insightful essay that sets the year’s events in context, and each document or group of documents is preceded by a comprehensive introduction that provides background information on the event. Full-source ...

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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