Addressing peaceful political transition towards democracy in Ethiopia to avoid a regional human and security crisis in the region.

For a quarter century, the Ethiopian state has worked assiduously to establish a dominant party democracy that would remain in power until the country becomes a middle-income economy. This concentration of political and economic power caused a democratic deficit that triggered students protests in 2014 demanding that democratic and human rights be fulfilled.

After three years of determined and sustained resistance, the one-party dictatorship imploded. Ethiopia is now amid a political transition but a transfer of power has not taken place. To succeed its changeover, the nation must build strong governing institutions and mechanisms for durable peace without causing an authority void that could trigger large-scale violence.

This discussion will address how Ethiopia can manage its political transition by fostering constructive relationships and cooperation among civil society, policymakers, and regional and international organizations. The practical benefits of obviating violence and initiating peaceful democratization will contribute to supporting a peaceful transition in Ethiopia and provide lessons-learned for other countries in Africa.

 

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