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Title:The problem of 'fin de regime' in Ethiopia: assessing the debate within the Oromo national movement
Author:Gebissa, EzekielISNI
Year:2008
Periodical:The journal of Oromo studies
Volume:15
Issue:2
Pages:191-247
Language:English
Geographic term:Ethiopia
Subjects:political change
political conditions
Oromo
nationalism
separatism
Abstract:The author reviews past violent political transitions in Ethiopia to explore whether they have advanced or hindered the cause of Oromo nationalism. Then he investigates the world of Ethiopian political forces and alignments as they exist today, examining whether the Ethiopian government's apparent control of the State apparatus and civil institutions has created adequate domination to create a quiescent Oromo populace. Finally, within this context, the author identifies the central issues which must be clarified by the leaders and key actors in each of the groups that comprise the Oromo movement in order to advance the debate about the direction of Oromo nationalism. These key issues requiring articulation in the current political context are the means (armed struggle vs. the political option) and the process (democratization vs. decolonization) by which the Oromo movement hopes to gain its ultimate goal of delf-determination for the Oromo people (through national liberation within an existing State vs. independent statehood). Notes, ref. [ASC Leiden abstract]
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