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Deputy PM and Minister of Foreign Affairs Hailemariam Desalegn may step into the office of the PM smoothly, but that doesn’t solve Ethiopia’s opaque constitutional provision on succession plans

Kiya Tsegaye

One of the most anxious developments following the mysterious disappearance from the public scene and early rife speculations of the death of Ethiopia’s late Prime Minister Meles Zenawi was the legal complications surrounding his succession plans.


It’s all about size

Tomas Mega



Americans now have real choices about the future direction of the country, and the choices are unkind. Romney’s selection of U.S. Representative and House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan as his Vice President sends a blunt message to voters:  Romney cannot only rely on a bad economy to win.  Now, it’s about genuine political ideology too. 

A hero?A dictator? A peacemaker or a warmonger?

Learning about Ethiopia’s late Prime Minister Meles Zenawi is mystifying but it was hard to avoid

Tsedale Lemma

For the average bystander trying to understand just what sort of a leader Ethiopia’s late Prime Minister Meles Zenawi was is mystifying. He was loved by many but at the same time dreaded; feared but at the same time respected; idolized but at the same time loathed; a warmonger but at the same time a peace maker. He hated neoliberalism but he was a darling of a neoliberal west; he presided over a country with the most draconian civil society laws, but he left behind a country that is one of the largest donors’ money recipients. He was everything many would wish to be and nothing many would like to remotely look alike.