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Amhara unrest strains Ethiopia’s political faultlines

Thursday, May 6, 2021

Significance

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

Impacts

  • ‘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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