A New Era of Political Leadership Emerges in Ethiopia, but Dissent is Still Taboo

Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, pictured at the 67th United Nations General Assembly meeting. (Photo: UN/Marco Castro)

by Associated Press

Mar 27th 2013 | Associated Press

BAHIR DAR, Ethiopia — Ailing ruling party veteran officials in Ethiopia are leaving their posts to a group of younger leaders in the East African nation which enjoys close ties with Washington but is increasingly looking to China as a model.

Newcomers dominated the ruling party’s election of the powerful 36-member executive and 180-member central committees. The election comes at the end of a four-day congress of the ruling Ethiopian Peoples’ Revolutionary Democratic Front, or EPRDF, held at a regional town Bahir Dar.

But the leadership change doesn’t necessarily mean more political space for the country’s heavily prosecuted opposition which has only a single member in the 547 parliament seats.

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