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Amhara unrest strains Ethiopia’s political faultlines

Thursday, May 6, 2021


The protests also took aim at the Amhara branch of the ruling Prosperity Party (PP) for failing to protect Amharas.


  • ‘Provincial’ rifts could emerge within the Amhara PP, amid factionalism among elites from the former provinces that joined to form Amhara.
  • Tensions could undermine the credibility of regional polls, which will be hard fought despite a likely clear PP victory.
  • Rhetoric among ethnonationalist hardliners nationwide may contribute to an escalatory dynamic.

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