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I fear the reform will fail - Abebe Gelaw

Abebe Gelaw, US-based Ethiopian journalist and ESAT Managing Director, has never been one to shy away from voicing his political opinions. It was a historical moment for all Ethiopians when he challenged the late Prime Minister Meles Zenawi during a high-level G8 Symposium in Washington DC in 2012. In his interview with Addis Zemen, Abebe Gelaw commented on the current political environment in Ethiopia following the reform. Appointed after the surprise resignation of former Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, Doctor Abiy Ahmed inherited a country in chaos when he was sworn in this April. The Prime Minister has inspired a rare, renewed sense of national hope in Ethiopians around the world. He has accelerated a radical reform program that is overturning politics in the vast. When it began, the reform focused on a path that could unite the country for better. However, the entire political environment changed into an outright ethnic radicalism. It is no secret that Ethiopia’s politics is turning for the worst with ethnic-based politics and Abebe Gelaw shares this concern too.