Ethiopia's efforts to draw investors are undermined by ethnic violence

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Ethiopia appears to be on the road to democracy and economic progress but ethnic divisions could prove to be an obstacle, writes Yigal Chazan. Ethiopia's dynamic new premier Abiy Ahmed is moving ahead with efforts to consolidate his country's reputation as the economic powerhouse of East Africa, yet some of the radical political reforms he has introduced since his ascent last year seem to have inadvertently contributed to a wave of ethnic-based violence that threatens to derail his plans. In a whirlwind series of bold reforms following his appointment in April Abiy, a young, western-educated...

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