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Ethnic violence continues even after peace agreement in Ethiopia

Ethiopian Prime Minister Aby Ahmed has brought some changes in the country in past five months after taking the chair. He is being hailed for historic peace agreement with neighboring country Eritrea and it is being seen as a short-term gain.

However, everything is not going good in Ethiopia. Ethnic tensions and violence still are rising. The latest incidents are highly disturbing.

The country is suffering from a weak economy and some stronger decisions are required towards improvement, which need to be irrespective of tribal politics. There are more than 80 ethnic groups in Ethiopia.

Most of the ethnic groups are still displaced like the Amharas from Benshangul-Gumuz and Oromia regions, and ethnic Oromos from the Ethiopia’s Somali region. The Ethnic Gedeos were evicted from Guji areas of Oromia.

Over the years many have been killed in ethnic violence and in past two weeks dozens of innocent Ethiopians had been targeted and killed in and around the capital city Addis Ababa by unidentified assailants.

Some people were also killed by government security forces while taking part in a rally protesting the latest violence. Police tried to disperse the gathering violently.

For decades the country has been simmered in such ethnic violence and the earliest sign of it was in 1991 when the former president Colonel Mengishtu Hailemariam was overthrown. It resulted seizing of power by a hastily organized coalition called as the Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front.

The coalition included four ethnic parties – the Oromo Peoples’ Democratic Organisation, Amhara National Democratic Movement, Southern Ethiopian People’s Democratic Movement, and the Tigrayan People’s Liberation Front.