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Why young Ethiopians in Oromia and Sidama fought for change

By Nicole Beardsworth, Honorary Research Fellow, Politics & International Studies, University of Warwick
Assefa Fiseha, Associate Professor, Center for Federal Studies, Addis Ababa University
Henok Kebede, Lecturer, School of Law, Hawassa University
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Young people have been key drivers of social and political change in Ethiopia going back to the closing decades of the imperial era. Back in the 1960s and 1970s, university students played a crucial role in the massive protests that led to the overthrow of Emperor Haile Selassie’s regime. A military regime was installed in its place.

Subsequently, an armed rebellion…

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