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Mass Arrests In Ethiopia Raise Spectre Of Repressive Past

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Ethiopia's Tigray Region Holds Vote, Defying Abiy's Federal Government

Ethiopia has detained more than 9,000 persons after deadly clashes last month, raising fears that an era of repression may have returned. Prime minister Abiy Ahmed`s government had been hailed for reforms in the country. But now, there is concern Ethiopia might be returning to the iron-fisted tactics of past administrations.

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The state-run Ethiopian human rights commission said around 9,000 persons had been arrested since June when shooting of a musician sparked days of protests that killed more than 178 persons in the capital and surrounding Oromiya region – the deadliest haven of violence since Abiy took office.

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The prime minister, who came to power in 2018 promising democratic changes in one of Africa’s most repressive nations, is struggling to rein in resurgent ethnic nationalism that sporadically explodes in bouts of violence.

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Bah Ndaw Sworn In As Mali’s Transitional President Following Coup

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Bah Ndaw Sworn In As Mali’s Transitional President Following Coup

Mali’s new interim president Bah Nda`w has been sworn into office today, Friday at a ceremony in the nation`s capital, Bamako.  The former defence minister and retired army colonel was picked by coup leader, Colonel Assimi Goita, to head a transitional government until elections are held. Colonel Assimi Goita, will serve as deputy president.

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Nda`w said, in his inauguration speech, that he will end militant insurgency in the country’s north and stop organized crime.

The military junta in Mali took over power and forced Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta out of office five weeks ago. ECOWAS leaders have overseen negotiations for a return to democracy.  The appointment of a civilian president was a condition for the west African regional group, ECOWAS, to lift the sanctions it earlier imposed after the coup.

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Mali leaders are hoping ECOWAS will lift sanctions on the country after the inauguration. The new government is expected to be in office for a transition period of 18 months that will lead to an election.

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