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Abiy's big steps shouldn't obscure undercurrents in Ethiopia

Tigrai Online, Dec. 9, 2018

. Ethnic tensions continue to pose a threat to major cities like Addis Ababa at the same time former rebel groups have resisted calls to disarm their soldiers. The video shows Oromo youth demonstrating this week in Oromia.

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The global media – as well as ordinary Ethiopians – have been positive about the country’s improved political gender representation as well as its focus on regional peace and on reducing ethnic tensions domestically.

But this shouldn’t obscure the fact that ethnic tensions remain rife on the ground, and could flare up at any point. There are three disturbing trends in Ethiopia: tensions within the ruling party as well as a lack of a formal road map to outline where it’s taking the country; continued ethnic tensions; and the lack of transparency around the deals done with insurgent groups.

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One of the biggest concerns is that the state’s capacity to maintain the rule of law and guarantee security is degenerating.

Ethnic tensions continue to pose a threat to major cities like Addis Ababa. At the same time former rebel groups have resisted calls to disarm their soldiers. The circulation and trade of armaments are visible and worrisome in many cities.

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