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…


The Commonalities of Ethiopia and Eritrea

A firebrand evangelical preacher declared the glory of God and the Holy Book to an ecstatic crowd. That would have been an ordinary scene in many parts of the world.…


Gov’t Can’t Ensure Capital Inflow by Restricting Outflow

For a nation that is growing by above average levels – even by the admission of the Bretton Wood Institutions – the current macroeconomic paralysis is unprecedented. Ethiopia remains a…


Gov’t Has an Addiction, New Capital Can Exacerbate It

Late last month, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed (PhD) announced the commencement of trial project for the extraction of crude oil in the Ogaden Basin of the Somali Regional State. For…


Abiy Ahmed Presents as Much Worry as Hope

For all intents and purposes, Abiy Ahmed (PhD) behaves and acts presidential, as if he was elected by a popular mandate. His support base forcefully rallied behind him on June…




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Many that followed Ethiopia’s politics for the past six months would...


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