Ethiopia: New Prime Minister’s Opportunities for Reforms

Ethiopia: New Prime Minister’s Opportunities for Reforms


(freedomhouse) –In response to Ethiopia’s ruling coalition, the Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF), electing Dr. Abiy Ahmed as chairman and thus making him prime minister-designate, Freedom House issued the following statement:

“As he assumes his duties as Ethiopia’s next prime minister, Dr. Abiy should express an unequivocal commitment to undertake long-overdue political reforms, if his country is to fulfill its ambitions for its people and its economy,” said Jon Temin, director of Africa programs at Freedom House. “The new prime minister should lift the state of emergency, release all remaining political prisoners, including those recently rearrested, and begin inclusive dialogue with opposition political parties and civil society. It is vital that he begin the process of amending or repealing draconian laws that stifle peaceful dissent in Ethiopia, such as the Charities and Societies Proclamation and the Antiterrorism Proclamation.”

Ethiopia is rated Not Free in Freedom in the World 2018, Not Free in Freedom of the Press 2017and Not Free in Freedom on the Net 2017.

Freedom House is an independent watchdog organization that supports democratic change, monitors the status of freedom around the world, and advocates for democracy and human rights.

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