Obstacles in the way of Ethiopia’s path to democracy

Sidama elder wears a cap with an imprinted Sidama region flag as he attends a meeting to declare a new region in Hawassa. File picture: Tiksa Negeri/Reuters

Johannesburg (ANA) – The recent clashes in Ethiopia’s Sidama region between Sidama activists, who recently declared independence from Ethiopia, and security forces highlights the multi-faceted problems the country faces as it transitions towards democracy.

This is despite the widening of the democratic space and the liberalisation of the country by reformist Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed who unblocked hundreds of news web sites, released thousands of political prisoners and unbanned numerous political parties when he took office in 2018.

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