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Title:The end of democracy? Curtailing political and civil rights in Ethiopia
Authors:Aalen, LoviseISNI
Tronvoll, KjetilISNI
Year:2009
Periodical:Review of African Political Economy
Volume:36
Issue:120
Pages:193-207
Language:English
Geographic term:Ethiopia
Subjects:authoritarianism
political change
Link:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/03056240903065067
Abstract:This article assesses political developments in Ethiopia after its 2005 federal and regional watershed elections. Although an unprecedented liberalization took place ahead of the contested and controversial 2005 polls, a crack-down occurred in the wake of the elections, when the opposition was neutralized. Subsequently, the government rolled out a deliberate plan to prevent any future large-scale protest against its grip on power by establishing an elaborate administrative structure of control, developing new legislative instruments of suppression and, finally, curbing any electoral opposition as seen in the conduct of the 2008 local elections. As a result, Ethiopia has by 2008 returned firmly to the camp of authoritarian regimes. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]
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