Friday, January 7, 2011

"Federalism in Ethiopia helps maintain unity"

I'm quoted in Aaron Maasho's Reuters article. Here are the relevant quotes:

But experts are divided on whether Ethiopia has finally conjured up the right formula to rid itself from ethnic strife.

"It has obviously served well the purposes of the EPRDF (ruling party)," David Shinn, a former U.S. ambassador to Ethiopia, told Reuters.

"Most ethnic groups, especially the Oromo, like the language policy, which allows selection of the predominant language in each region," he said.

"Article 39, on the other hand, has caused a lot of confusion and has the potential to create dangerous divisions in the unity of the Ethiopian state," he said, referring to a clause in the constitution which grants the right to secession.

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