Political Maturity, Institutional Reforms, Hallmarks of Transitional Justice


With a reformist administration in charge of the executive, there has been a relentless drive towards lofty goals such as unity, democracy and justice. The driving force is “Me`demer,” the…


It`s About Time to Start Debate on Constitutional Amendments

An expected consequence of the growing rift between the constituent parties of the ruling coalition, EPRDF, is the lack of diversity of ideas and agendas in the legislative house. With…


The Republic Could Be No More

A crowd, gathered outside  Independence Hall in Philadelphia where representatives of 13 newly formed states had signed a historical document, greeted Benjamin Franklin, eager to know what came of the…


Transport Authority Needs to Step Up its Game

Faced with a continued breakdown in the rule of law, it is easy to miss the stagnant state of economic fundamentals and service administration across the country. With seemingly endless…


In Defence of the Rights of the Anti-reform Voices

For all EPRDF’s shortcomings over the past three decades, it was never a coalition that claimed Ethiopia is undeserving of democracy. Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s (PhD) administration is not new…


Inadequate Public Sector Anathema to Progressive Economic Reforms

The Main Department for Immigration & Nationality Affairs Office has been on a roll lately. In a set of reforms it introduced this year, it lifted the excessive fines levied…


Opposition’s Indifference to Contest Local Elections, Unwise

Currently, Ethiopia has a state of affairs where the centre is struggling to hold, if not losing grip in many parts of the country. State authority at the local administrative…


With Abiy Ahmed Actions Speak Louder, for the Better

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed (PhD) sat last week before leaders of the political opposition and members of his coalition to launch the much-awaited dialogue to restructure democratic institutions. It includes…


The Jury Still Out on the Judiciary

After Attorney General Berhanu Tsegaye’s announcement of an investigation into corruption and human rights abuses, the wave of arrests of senior government officials and the concerted media campaign into the…


In Defense of the Secular State

Political transformation is unavoidably rocky, if not delicate. It involves the process of tinkering with the machine that is government while it is running. There are bound to be bolts…


A Pole-Position in an Intangible Economy

Ethiopia’s lackluster achievement in information technology is rarely pointed out. When it comes to policy-making, investment and public opinion, much of the oxygen is devoted to manufacturing. One can see…


A Grand Settlement, Necessary Before National Elections

On the third week of October 2018, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed (PhD) answered questions from parliamentarians on a motion presented by former President Mulatu Teshome (PhD) who outlined the administration’s…


Colleges Must Unburden Partisan Politics

As the academic year kicks off, the authorities are under plausible anxiety over how smoothly the academic year will transpire. Inter-communal conflicts and violence have taken a toll, undermining citizens’…


Parliament with Opportunity for Assertiveness Must Grab It

Many that followed Ethiopia’s politics for the past six months would find the signature address by the President of the nation to the joint session of the two legislative bodies…


Ethiopians Need a Break from the State

Following the financial downturn in the United States and the debt crisis in Europe, for a brief moment there seemed to be relief for much of the global economy. But…


The Rule of Law Matter Most in Times of Trouble

The past week was a break away from one of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s (PhD) promises that the era of non-transparency and lack of expedient communications with the public was…


No Happily Ever After without Political Settlement

The honeymoon appears to have come to an end. Members of the public are no longer in unison in their support of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed (PhD). Considering the informality,…


The Opposition Should Demonstrate Civility, Self-Restraint

It was refreshing to see Berhanu Nega (Prof.), leader of an opposition party in exile, at the national stadium two weeks ago addressing a rather electrified base. Welcomed by tens…


Abiy’s Men in Economic Policy Dilemma

For Yohannes Ayalew (PhD), the new boss of the Ethiopian Development Research Institute, Ethiopia’s macroeconomic prospects are bound to continue on the same growth trajectory as the past decade. The…


Citizens Require Legal Empowerment to Take Bureaucracy to Task

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed (PhD) was in parliament in mid-July with Muferiat Kamil, speaker of the legislative house, to oversee the signing of agreements between 20 federal agencies and the…


Past Experiences Ought to Inform Engagement with Diaspora

An announcement by the Health Ministry over a week ago caused a controversy. It was stated that there would be a 25pc discount on health services by private hospitals to…


Export Strategy Needs to Consider Political Unpredictability

It seems that Ethiopia should be a country in much better footing, in terms of trade, than North Korea. North Korea suffers from dilapidating trade sanctions and is a command…


Information Vacuums Render Democracy Illusive

Last Wednesday, Addis Standard, an English online magazine, shared a report from Access Now, an advocacy group, on its Twitter page. The report suggested that “old habits die hard,” and…


It Should All Be About the Rule of Law

With Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s (PhD) call for justice and democracy, the offer of an olive branch to opposition parties and liberalisation of the media landscape, the citizenry is galvanized…


Pluralism Brings Stability, Requires Forbearance

Two events of great importance were marked this past week. First was Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed`s (PhD) meeting with leaders of the political opposition where he said Ethiopia`s future is…




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With a reformist administration in charge of the executive, there has b...


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The new electricity tariffs that became effective on December 1, 2018,...


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Who it is that midwifed the rapprochement between E...


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Ethiopia’s economy is at a crossroads. The same old advice will not s...


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A recent photo between Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed (PhD) and George Soros...


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The future is bleak. Millennials and younger generations who will inher...


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There is heated debate on the propriety, decency and morality of breast...




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