Friday, August 10, 2012

Ethiopia: What Might a Post-Meles Era Bring? (By Yohannes Woldemariam)

(Aug 10, 2012,(Think Africa Press))--As Prime Minister Meles Zenawi of Ethiopia concludes his 21st year of rule, and as rumours of his illness and possible demise abound, many are wondering what the future holds for the country.

There is significant anxiety within Meles’ inner circle about who will take the reins of power if the prime minister passes away and increased speculation amongst his enemies despite the regime barring the media from reporting on Meles’ health.

People are questioning whether succession will be easy and smooth or slow and difficult; whether the new leadership will be willing to share power with the growing opposition and many ethnically-inspired movements in the country; who the new rulers might be; and whether the ruling Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) coalition will survive the end of Meles’ paternalistic rule. As of now, however, questions are abundant but answers are few.  Read more from Think Africa Press »

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