With only 8 days left to Ethiopia’s fifth national elections, Ethiopian activists are set to conduct an online poll to survey the public’s opinion on the ruling front’s performance over the last decades. The poll is a collaborative effort by the Ethiopian Human Rights Project, an NGO seeking to bolster human rights advocacy works in Ethiopia, and mircha.org, a website tracking human rights violations in elections.
Ethiopia’s political dilemma between developmentalism and authoritarianism. The article establishes a few parallelisms between today’s Ethiopia and 1960-70s Spain under Franco. As fast-track growth overhauls the Ethiopian society, the regime is obliged to re-consider its recipe of mixed authoritarianism and development – as Franco’s Spain was.
The U.S. Under Secretary for Political Affairs, who was in Addis Ababa to discuss mutual interests between the United States and Ethiopia, has called Ethiopia a democracy and that she expects Ethiopia’s upcoming elections to be free, fair and credible. Undersecretary Wendy Sherman made the remark during a press briefing following her talks with Ethiopia’s Foreign Minister Tedros Adhanom on April 16, 2015.
What does the chairman of Ethiopia’s youngest opposition party do when he is allegedly barred by the government from attending his U.S. fundraising tours? He presses on via a video chat. Yilkal Getnet (Eng.), chairman of Semayawi Party, was set out to tour seven US cities this month to raise funds for the upcoming general elections. But that was until the party announced — at the very last minute — …