On April 2, Abiy Ahmed, a young technocrat from the Oromo People's Democratic Organisation (OPDO), part of the ruling Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF), was sworn in as Ethiopia's new prime minister. Even though a reformist is now prime minister, the historical dominance of the Tigrayan People's Liberation Front (TPLF) in the EPRDF is not yet waning. But, despite the criticism it received from the Ethiopian establishment, HR-128 is likely a blessing in disguise for Ethiopia's new prime minister and his reform agenda. Thus, a reformist leader such as Prime Minister Ahmed - and his allies within Ethiopia's ruling coalition - has an unprecedented opportunity to enact political and economic reforms and start a much-needed process of national dialogue. Of course, only time will tell whether the new prime minister will be able to seize the moment and move forward with his reform agenda.
Source: Ethiopian News April 15, 2018 05:37 UTC