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Ethiopians go to the polls amid accusations of political repression

Ethiopians go to the polls amid accusations of political repression

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"I will not go to vote. Nothing will change anyway, no matter who I vote for," said Berhanu, a taxi driver.…

Upcoming Ethiopian polls carry lessons from past for journalists now

Upcoming Ethiopian polls carry lessons from past for journalists now

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The disputed 2005 elections, marred by the deaths of 193 people at the hands of state security forces, and the arrests of tens of thousands of citizens cast a dark shadow over Ethiopia.…

Activist’s Suicide Shows Opposition Plight Before Ethiopia Vote

Activist’s Suicide Shows Opposition Plight Before Ethiopia Vote

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A month before Ethiopia’s elections, opposition activist Getahun Abraham walked into a compound of government offices in the southern town of Gimbichu, doused his body in gasoline and set himself alight. It took more than 10 minutes for bystanders to extinguish the flames.…

Ethiopia: Enough with Whispering about Media Freedom

Ethiopia: Enough with Whispering about Media Freedom

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During our private discussion, my first question to President Obama concerned the grounds on which the U.S. government believed that the election in Ethiopia will be fair, free, credible, open, and inclusive.…

Ethiopia: Restrictions on freedom of expression will hinder free and fair elections

Ethiopia: Restrictions on freedom of expression will hinder free and fair elections

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On 24 May 2015, Ethiopia will hold its fifth national elections and the first since the demise of the late long-serving Prime Minister Meles Zenawi. Campaigns officially end on 21 May 2015 and the final result will be announced to the public on 22 June 2015.…

Washington enables authoritarianism in Ethiopia

Washington enables authoritarianism in Ethiopia

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Contrary to Sherman’s claims, Ethiopia is an authoritarian state. Instead of getting better and better at strengthening democratic institutions and opening up democratic spaces for free and fair elections, it got better at building surveillance structures that allow the ruling Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF), now in power for…

Ethiopia’s newest party (Semayawi) takes on ruling juggernaut

Ethiopia’s newest party (Semayawi) takes on ruling juggernaut

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The leader of Ethiopia's newest opposition party hopes discontent among urban youth will win him support in a weekend election that could otherwise be a clean sweep for the ruling party in Africa's most populous nation after Nigeria.…

As Ethiopia votes, what’s ‘free and fair’ got to do with it?

As Ethiopia votes, what’s ‘free and fair’ got to do with it?

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The EPRDF recognizes the dangers it faces from competitive elections and that it democratizes at its peril. In 2005 Ethiopia held competitive elections, complete with significant opposition participation, major rallies, and televised debates.…

Ethiopia: Whose development is it anyway?

Ethiopia: Whose development is it anyway?

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The cosmetic and exclusive development has had visible flaws in its form and application. First, the technological, scientific, and labor dynamics of the government policy lacks indigenousness.…

Ethiopian Election Poll: Who do you think you will vote for? – በፊታችን ምርጫ ድምጾትን ለማን ይሰጣሉ?

Ethiopian Election Poll: Who do you think you will vote for? – በፊታችን ምርጫ ድምጾትን ለማን ይሰጣሉ?

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Ethiopian Election Poll: Who do you think you will vote for? - በፊታችን ምርጫ ድምጾትን ለማን ይሰጣሉ?…

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