Ethiopia Plans Census That May Fuel Regional Autonomy Bids

  • Advisory council chosen for first population survey since 2007

  • African nation facing rebalancing of multi-ethnic federation

By Nizar Manek, 22 November 2018
(Bloomberg) --
Ethiopia will hold its first population census in more than a decade, a step that could have far-reaching consequences for the Horn of Africa nation that’s grappling with multi-ethnic representation and rippling demands for self-determination.
The census’ advisory council will have 20 members, including nine ministers and officials from all nine of Ethiopia’s ethnically based regional states, the ruling party-funded Fana Broadcasting Corp. reported Tuesday. Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said in a meeting with previously outlawed opposition groups it’ll be before the 2020 election.
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