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Andargachew Tsige speaks out on the side effects of ethnic politics

Ethiopian politics substantially changed last year especially after the appointment of Abiy Ahmed as a prime minister on April 2, 2018. Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed preached for national reconciliation and forgiveness to move on to the next chapter of Ethiopia. He did a nationwide tour outreaching to all communities. Many structural and legal framework changes took place in major institutions. The new political environment opened the gateway for political diversity in Ethiopia to build the democratic system. As a part of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed's reform agenda opposition parties that were in exile abroad and were regarded as terrorist groups were invited back to the country to engage in politics in a peaceful way. However, the uncensored invitation opened the gates to ethnic politics that is endangering Ethiopia’s unity.  Many radical ethnic-based parties are forming in Ethiopia. This radical change raised suspicions as it opposes everything the reform stood for. Andargachew Tsege, a prominent politician and Patriotic Ginbot 7 secretary, warns the danger of such political evolution in his interview with DW.