Ethiopia: Is OPDO the new opposition party? An Appraisal

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by Hassen Hussein, Mohammed A

(0Pride) Ethiopia is reeling from stubborn anti-government protests and growing fissures within the ruling party. The economy is not doing so well either. High inflation, shortage of foreign currency, and lagging exports prompted authorities to devalue the Birr last month.

But it is the crippling protests and lack of coherence inside the ruling Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) that is paralyzing the country.

Protests that began in 2014, concentrated mainly in Oromia, thte largest and populous of nine linguistic-based regional states, and to some extent the Amhara State, the country’s second most populous, are still ongoing.

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