Moving on – Ethiopia after Meles

Former Ethiopian President Meles Zenawi Photo: Zahur Ramji / MediapixMeles Zenawi, Ethiopia’s long-standing Prime Minister, passed away on August 20th this year. After 21 years in power, his sudden death has left much uncertainty in Africa’s second most populous country. Hailemariam Desalegn, most recently Ethiopia’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, was sworn in as Prime Minister on September 21st. The country has experienced a decade of rapid economic growth under Meles. But growing political instability and ethnic tensions leave many questions unanswered regarding the country’s future.

 

By: Jesper Åkesson