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Ethiopia threatens to disintegrate amid creeping Balkanisation

News Summed Up 2020-01-14 05:30:00

While Brits prepare for Brexit, in the Ethiopian lakeside city of Hawassa its residents have been grappling with similar concerns, plus a few additional, more acute ones. As long as the soldiers remain present, residents say further violence isn’t likely (the referendum itself passed off peacefully). The Sidama conundrum is a microcosm of the nationwide dilemma for Ethiopia as it seeks to maintain its integrity as a nation state founded on ethnic federalism. “Ethiopia could disintegrate,” says Addis Ababa-based political blogger Befekadu Haile. “It is a political entity made by people, so if it was made by people, it can be destroyed by people.”