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Ethiopia: Single-Minded Progress

AFRICANGLOBE - "Singularity of purpose and execution make Ethiopia’s fast growth possible." Ethiopia’s GDP has grown to US$52,3bn in 2014 from $29,9bn in 2010. Total investment grew from 21% of GDP in 2009 to 34% of GDP in 2014, having peaked at 37% in 2012, according to World Bank data. "Ethiopia has cleverly taken big bets which are set to pay off and make Ethiopia the new manufacturing hot spot,"

African Observers Say Ethiopia Elections Credible

AFRICANGLOBE - African Union observers said on Tuesday that Ethiopia's parliamentary election held on Sunday was credible except for a few irregularities. Provisional results in Africa' second most populous nation are due later this week and few expect anything but a landslide for the ruling EPRDF coalition, in power since ousting dictator Mengistu Haile Mariam in 1991.

Election Landslide Likely For Ethiopia’s Ruling Party

AFRICANGLOBE - When Ethiopia's ruling party and its allies won 99.6 percent of the vote in the country's last elections five years ago, some wondered if a government often accused of suffocating the opposition would be embarrassed. The answer was no. "Imagine a government which has delivered double-digit growth rates for over seven years losing an election anywhere on earth," Meles Zenawi, by then the leader of Africa's second most populous nation for almost 20 years, said.

Ethiopia’s Economy To Grow 10.5 Percent In 2015/16

AFRICANGLOBE - Ethiopia's economy is expected to grow by 9.5 percent this fiscal year ending June before accelerating to 10.5 percent in 2015/16, the World Bank said on Friday, adding inflation will remain in single digits during this period. The ruling Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) has touted its economic achievements before Sunday's election, although no one doubts it will sweep to power again.

Ethiopia Sticking to the Development State Economic Model

AFRICANGLOBE - Seven months after the death of Ethiopia's Premier Meles Zenawi, the consensus of his ruling EPRDF, emphatically delivered at its 10th congress in March, is that there will be no wavering from the late leader's vision.

A New Era of Political Leadership Emerges In Ethiopia

AFRICANGLOBE - Ailing ruling party veteran officials in Ethiopia are leaving their posts to a group of younger leaders in the East African nation which enjoys close ties with Washington but is increasingly looking to China as a model.

Who Was Meles Zenawi?

Meles Zenawi and the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF)-led Ethiopian Peoples Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) came to power in 1991 after a 16-year armed...

Meles Zenawi: An Ethiopian Oak Falls and the East African Forest...

In life, Ethiopia's hard-headed prime minister Meles Zenawi polarised opinion. Whether cheerleaders of his "authoritarian developmentalism" or critics of his regime's unrelenting bid to...

Hailemariam Desalegn Sworn in as Ethiopia’s New Prime Minister

Ethiopia's new Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn was sworn in on Friday and immediately promised to stick to his predecessor Meles Zenawi's development agenda. Desalegn was...

Hailemariam Desalegn, Confirmed as Ethiopia’s New Prime Minister

Ethiopia's ruling party has confirmed Hailemariam Desalegn as late Prime Minister Meles Zenawi's successor after a two day meeting over the weekend. The Ethiopian Peoples...

Ethiopia: Ruling Coalition Set to Choose Meles Zenawi’s Successor

Ethiopia's ruling coalition will hold a two-day governing council meeting from Friday to choose a leader to succeed former prime minister Meles Zenawi, who...

Ethiopia’s Ruling Party Discusses Growth Targets

Ethiopia's ruling party, Ethiopian People's Revolutionary democratic Front (EPRDF) Tuesday called for an extraordinary session, to review the state of the economy amid indications...

Ethiopia: After Meles Zenawi

The death of Prime Minister Meles Zenawi on 20 August has triggered a constitutional succession mechanism which he personally designed, having led the ruling...

National and Regional Implications of The Death of Ethiopia’s Prime Minister

The recent announcement that Ethiopia's Prime Minister Meles Zenawi had died, ending weeks of intense speculation over his condition and throwing the country's leadership...