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Gwynne Dyer: Ethiopia’s prime minister, Abiy Ahmed, is the nation’s best hope to end the cycle of tyranny

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27.06.2019

Ethiopia's Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed is a very lucky man. He has survived three attempts to kill or overthrow him in the past year.

Last June he escaped unhurt in a grenade attack that killed one and wounded scores at a political rally. In October his office in the capital, Addis Ababa, was surrounded by angry soldiers who threatened to kill him over low pay, but he talked them down. And earlier this month he emerged unscathed from an attempted military coup.

It was a very serious attempt. In the capital, General Se'are Mekonnen was shot dead by his own bodyguard, as was another general who was visiting his home. Abiy had made Se'are the chief of staff of the Ethiopian army, a controversial appointment, only a year ago.

At the same time another of Abiy's appointees, Ambachew Mekonnen, the governor of the key Amhara region, was murdered together with his top adviser in the region's capital, Bahir Dar. It was clearly a quite broad plot, but its co-ordination must have been off. Police are still........

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