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An Authoritarian Turn in Ethiopia: A Return to Autocracy?

Le 7 octobre, 2020

An Authoritarian Turn in Ethiopia: A Return to Autocracy?

The government has taken a palpable authoritarian turn. It has instituted measures designed to remain in power beyond its constitutional term. In early April, it declared a state of emergency, ostensibly to curb the spread of the new coronavirus. In fact, the emergency law has been used to subject political party leaders to lengthy detention without charge.  The government also postponed the scheduled national elections and extended its term in office using a dubious constitutional mechanism. The prime minister’s blatant contempt for the political opposition, his unconstitutional power-grab and autocratic governing style has now created an unsettled political climate.

The speakers propose to discuss these developments at the Geneva Press Club. Three experts will make presentations exploring Ethiopia’s emerging political reality from diplomatic, political and constitutional perspectives, emphasizing violations of human rights, rule of law and democratic norms.

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Megersa Boshe

Former diplomat, Ethiopia’s Foreign Service

Ezekiel Gebissa

Professor, Kettering University, USA

Awol Kassim Allo

Associate professor, School of Law, Keele University

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