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Title:The Ethiopian election of 2005: a bombshell & turning point?
Author:Samatar, Abdi IsmailISNI
Year:2005
Periodical:Review of African Political Economy
Volume:32
Issue:104-105
Pages:466-473
Language:English
Geographic term:Ethiopia
Subjects:political change
democracy
elections
2005
External link:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/03056240500329320
Abstract:In Ethiopia's 2005 parliamentary election the opposition captured nearly 50 percent of parliamentary seats. The author recognizes the outcome as an important milestone towards a democratic political order, but underscores how the confluence of disagreeable but opportunistic opposition forces could possibly lead to a political cul de sac. First, the author identifies two contrasting political reconstruction strategies in Africa (ethnic versus civic) that have similar objectives (democracy/justice), but different means of achieving them. A key factor distinguishing the two strategies is the way in which they treat cultural and political identity. This is followed by a summary of how the promise of an 'ethnic democracy' in Ethiopia in 1991 turned into a dead end. Finally, the author deals with the question of how the 2005 election results might be turned into an opportunity to initiate a civic and democratic beginning for Ethiopia. Notes, ref. [ASC Leiden abstract]
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