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Does Ethiopia’s New State of Emergency Dash Hopes for Reform?

Expand Ethiopia's police officers watch over a foot bridge as they patrol the streets of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia February 21, 2018. © 2018 Reuters On February 17, Ethiopia’s Defense Minister Siraj Fergessa declared a six-month state of emergency, appearing to end, for the time being, hope the government would undertake further reforms to open up political space. The announcement capped off a tumultuous week in Ethiopia – first, the largest release of political prisoners in years, followed by the resignation of Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn. Many long-suffering political prisoners finally…

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