From Nobel peacemaker to authoritarian: Ethiopia falling out of love with Abiy Ahmed
The democratic reforms and peace deals engineered by Africa’s youngest leader caused a surge of optimism, write Jane Flanagan and Samuel Getachew. But with the country at risk of breaking apart and the return of repression, “Abiymania” is over
When Ethiopia erupted in “Abiymania”, the country appeared on the brink of a new dawn. The young and charismatic Abiy Ahmed had risen swiftly to become prime minister on a promise to end decades of repression. It earned him the Nobel peace prize.
However, reports of extrajudicial killings, jails filling up with political opponents and lengthy internet shutdowns are among Ethiopia’s bleaker milestones in the 12 months since his award.