Ethiopia faces challenges ahead of national elections

Ethiopian President Sahle-Work Zewde (left) with Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed. As Ethiopia gears up to the much anticipated national elections slated for later this year, the horn of Africa’s nation is struggling with multiple challenges. PHOTO | EDUARDO SOTERAS | AFP

What you need to know:

  • Shane, a breakaway faction of the armed Oromo Liberation Front, has reportedly waged war against the government.
  • Although ethnic-induced conflicts are not new to Ethiopia, those seen after PM Ahmed came to power are alarming.
  • Last year, security concerns forced the Ethiopian government to postpone the national census.

As Ethiopia gears up to the much anticipated national elections slated for later this year, the horn of Africa’s nation is struggling with multiple challenges.

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