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Abiy Ahmed the “most dangerous person” in Africa

May 23, 2024

Abiy Ahmed, the Prime Minister of Ethiopia, has emerged as a highly contentious figure in Africa. Since assuming office in 2018, he has implemented a range of actions and policies that have sparked significant controversy. His tenure has been characterized by intense conflict, political upheaval, and strained relations within the region, resulting in a multifaceted and frequently destabilizing influence on Ethiopia and the wider Horn of Africa area.

Firstly, Abiy’s handling of the Tigray conflict has been a major point of contention. The civil war between the Ethiopian government and the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), which began in late 2020, resulted in massive casualties and widespread destruction. Although a ceasefire was declared in 2022, the aftermath has left parts of the Tigray, Amhara, and Afar regions in dire conditions, with ongoing humanitarian crises and reports of severe abuses by various factions, including the Ethiopian military​ (Al Jazeera)​​ (TheElephant)

Additionally, Abiy’s recent geopolitical maneuvers have further exacerbated tensions. For instance, the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Somaliland, granting Ethiopia a corridor to the Red Sea, has sparked significant opposition from Somalia and raised alarm among regional and international stakeholders. This move is seen as part of Abiy’s broader strategy to assert Ethiopian influence and secure strategic advantages, which has led to fears of renewed conflict and instability in the Horn of Africa​ (WardheerNews)​​ (Wakaaladda Wararka Qaranka Soomaaliyeed)​.

Domestically, Ethiopia continues to grapple with ethnic violence, economic hardships, and political dissent. Abiy’s government has faced accusations of authoritarianism, including the suppression of opposition and media freedoms, which undermines the democratic processes in the country. His approach to governance, marked by attempts to centralize power and diminish the influence of rival ethnic groups, has further deepened divisions within Ethiopia​ (Al Jazeera)​​ (TheElephant)​.

In conclusion,  Definitively label Abiy Ahmed  the “most dangerous person in Africa,” his actions and policies have undeniably contributed to significant instability and conflict in Ethiopia and the surrounding region. The challenges he faces and the decisions he makes will continue to have profound implications for peace and security in the Horn of Africa​ (Al Jazeera)​​ (WardheerNews)​​ (Wakaaladda Wararka Qaranka Soomaaliyeed)​​ (TheElephant)​.

 

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