observations. Keywords elite, symbol, regime, Ethiopia, Haile Selassie, Derg, EPRDF Compared to other African states, Ethiopia has a relatively “strong state” tradition. It is one of only two African countries never to have been colo- nized by European powers. 1 Domestically, political elites play an impor

In: Comparative Sociology
Politics, Economy and Society 2004-2016
Author: Jon Abbink
The Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia has gone through a decade of significant economic change and political contestation since 2004. The ruling EPRDF party has redefined the country as a ‘developmental state’ and has tried to increase its presence on the African and world stage. Preceded by a new Introduction casting a broader perspective on some underlying trends, this monograph presents a chronology for 2004 to 2016, compiling the chapters on Ethiopia previously published in the Africa Yearbook. Politics, Economy and Society South of the Sahara. A list of further reading suggestions has also been added.
In: Contested Power in Ethiopia
Author: Girma Mohammed

implications for development. Th e second part explores the Marxist attempt at demystifi cation of the human person at the expense of covenantal understanding. Th e third part explores the ethnic compartmentalization that was introduced by the Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Front (EPRDF) against the

In: International Journal of Public Theology

; and, iii). work hard for the healing of our nations. 21 4 The Defiled Imago Dei Ethiopia, like many other African countries, is experiencing ethno-religious conflicts and problems of social injustice. The Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front ( EPRDF 1991–present) established a

In: International Journal of Public Theology
In Locating Politics in Ethiopia's Irreecha Ritual Serawit Bekele Debele gives an account of politics and political processes in contemporary Ethiopia as manifested in the annual ritual performance. Mobilizing various sources such as archives, oral accounts, conversations, videos, newspapers, and personal observations, Debele critically analyses political processes and how they are experienced, made sense of and articulated across generational, educational, religious, gender and ethnic differences as well as political persuasions. Moreover, she engages Irreecha in relation to the hugely contested meaning making processes attached to the Thanksgiving ritual which has now become an integral part of Oromo national identity.
Traditional Authorities and Multi-Party Elections
This book offers a comparative ethnography of the contested powers that shape democratization in Ethiopia. Although multi-party elections have become the norm in Africa, relatively little is known about the significance of non-state actors such as traditional authorities in electioneering. Focusing on Ethiopia’s competitive 2005 elections, this book analyzes how customary leaders, political parties and state officials confronted and complemented each other during election time. Case studies reveal the contemporaneousness of traditional authorities in modern politics, but also how multi-party competition reproduces traditional relations of domination among ethnic groups. The book documents the importance of customary authority in selecting party candidates and providing legitimacy to political parties, but also their limitations in a country dominated by a semi-authoritarian party-state.

Politically, the year was marked by preparations for the fifth general elections, scheduled for May 2015. So-called ‘right-wing multinational’ groups failed to create a broad coalition to counter the ruling eprdf and appeared weakened by internal struggles (doubtless exploited by the eprdf) in the

In: Africa Yearbook Online
Author: Abbink, Jon

All public life continued to be strongly dominated by the Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF). The country started to gear up for the May 2010 elections, with the government becoming nervous about opposition parties and trying to restrict their expansion. EPRDF party

In: Africa Yearbook Online
Author: Abbink, Jon

confirmed by the central committee of the Ethiopian Peoples’ Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF). Hailemariam, one of the most loyal non-Tigrayan followers of Meles and groomed by him for a high position, remained very dependent on the dominant party elite, notably the TPLF party within the EPRDF. No

In: Africa Yearbook Online