Ethiopia’s political crisis at the top

(The Hindu) -- 
Nizar Manek, 3 March 2017
After Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn’s resignation, the ruling coalition is looking for a successor amid ‘growing distrust’ between the regional constituents of the coalition
Eight years ago, cadres in Ethiopia’s ruling coalition floated an idea of power-sharing — one individual serves as chairperson of the Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) and another as Prime Minister.
Meles Zenawi, the EPRDF’s epitome of centralised power and also the chairperson of the Tigrayan People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), rejected the idea. Getachew Reda, a member of the EPRDF and TPLF politburos, told this reporter that the coalition continues to believe that having two power structures would be “unworkable or unacceptable”.
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