Ethiopia heading towards a political crossroad – as Spain did in the 1960s

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I recently published this about the Ethiopian political dilemma between developmentalism and authoritarianism. The article appeared on the ENTITLE blog, and establishes a few parallelisms between today’s Ethiopia and 1960-70s Spain under Franco.

The article starts as follows:

Meles funeral

On May 24 Ethiopia will celebrate its fifth parliamentary elections. A defeat of the incumbent Ethiopia’s People Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF), in power since 1991, appears as highly unlikely. Such a defeat would see the opposition making a giant stride forward from its current unique seat in the chamber. That alone reflects the EPRDF’s deliberate efforts – in the 2010 elections, marred by credible allegations of intimidation and fraud – to avoid at any rate a repetition of the ‘accident’ of 2005. Then, the regime was inflicted a devastating and utterly humiliating loss in Addis Ababa. To halt the propagation of the malaise, the then PM Meles Zenawi decided to administer…

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