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Ethiopia plays chess at a leisurely pace

All four parties in the ruling coalition had a post election shuffle in August but their leaders remain intact as Metekakat proves slow-moving.

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Hailemariam sworn in as Ethiopian premier

Hailemariam Desalegn, Prime Minister of Ethiopia. Photo©Bruno Levy for TARHailemariam Desalegn has been re-elected Prime Minister of Ethiopia and sworn in for a new five year term.

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Ethiopia's generational freeze

Young people still see their future with the EPRDF. Photo©ZACHARIAS ABUBEKER/AFPThe Metekakat policy of making room for younger politicians has been put on ice.

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No time for change in Ethiopia

On an Addis street, a tiny EPRDF poster reflects its self-belief. Photos©Petterik Wiggers/Panos Pictures for TARAside from the problems associated with their own splintering and divisions, opposition parties in the 24 May elections are struggling to get their message to people too remote, afraid or busy to engage with politics.

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Innovative finance for Africa's new big projects

File photo©ReutersInnovative bankrolling is gaining popularity and raising high hopes. African countries are increasingly exploring novel ways to finance their massive infrastructure projects. The Grand Renaissance Ethiopian Dam, a $4.8 billion project, is reportedly being built without money from traditional donors.

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Ethiopia: The post-Meles universe takes shape

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus (1), Debretsion Gebremichael (2), Mohammed Hussein Al Amoudi (3)Prime Minister Hailemariam is developing a style of consensual politics, but some politicans and businessmen are having difficulty adjusting.

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Agriculture: Gathering data and offering choice in Ethiopia

Some agricultural practices have not changed since Biblical times. Photo©Michael Poliza/National Geographic/GettySpearheading the government's interventions in the farming sector, the Agricultural Transformation Agency has already vastly improved yields for wheat and teff.

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There is energy momentum in Africa

United Nations Under-Secretary-General Kandeh Yumkella. Photo©Maria Elisa FranceoUnited Nations Under-Secretary-General Kandeh Yumkella and Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General and Chief Executive for the Sustainable Energy for All initiative discusses a range of issues on Africa's energy challenges.

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Meles Zenawi : an extraordinary legacy on environment and development

Late Ethiopian Prime Minister, Meles Zenawi/Photo©ReutersIt is one year since the death of Meles Zenawi, one of the world's and Africa's most remarkable leaders.

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Ethiopia's old guard hangs on as new guard rises

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus (1), Azeb Mesfin (2), Bereket Simon (3)/Photo© REX FEATURES/REX/SIPA; SIMON MAINA/AFP; LANDOV/MAXPPPPrime Minister Meles's death in August 2012 has left the field open to those seeking to control the ruling EPRDF.

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Ethiopia: Dissenting voices take to the streets

A call for change is underway in Ethiopia, sparked by a march for press freedom, religious and political opposition.

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New Ethiopian party leaders have to carve their way

1,000-plus delegates met for the EPRDF congress in Bahir Dar/Photo©Screenshot YouTubeAt the ruling party congress in Bahir Dar in March no-one questioned the succession plan devised by Meles a decade before, but differences rumble under the surface.

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Succession, when African leaders die

With ten out of thirteen World leaders who have died in office since 2009 being African, the politics of succession loom large on the continent. 

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Ethiopia: Hailemariam Desalegn - The first steps of a quiet man

Ethiopian PM Hailemariam Desalegn and Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma AU Commision Chairperson/Photo©ReutersOnly six months ago, Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn was serving as a discrete vice premier to the late omni-present Meles Zenawi.

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Ethiopia's Seyoum Mesfin - Fulcrum between Addis and Beijing

Shortly after Ethiopia's Prime Minister Meles Zenawi died on 20 August 2012, former foreign minister Seyoum Mesfin was back in the country's capital, Addis Ababa from his posting as ambassador to Beijing, China.

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Uganda's Yoweri Museveni, a regional heavyweight with feet of clay

Uganda's President Museveni is the only regional leader who can deploy the military without questions/Photo©WALTER ASTRADA /AFPA diplomat for the region and an autocrat on the home front, President Museveni seeks to burnish the country's regional diplomatic credentials and carve out a larger role in East Africa.

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The myths and modernity 
of northern Ethiopia

Bete Giyorgis rock church, Lalibela/ PICTURES BY GEMMA WARE; FOTOLIAThousands of years of history and some of the most important 
sites in Ethiopian Christianity sit alongside new buildings, roads 
and airports. Northern Ethiopia is beautiful and booming.

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Ethiopia: Hailemariam Desalegn, a forceful, steely presence

New Ethiopian PM, Hailemariam Desalegn is from Boloso Sore in Wolayita Zone in Ethiopia’s Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples’ Region/Photo©JENNY VAUGHAN/AFPThe Ethiopian deputy prime minister took over on the death of Premier Meles and began implementing policies that are softer on the media and promote dialogue with rebel groups. It remains to be seen whether he has the same mettle as his predecessor.

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Hailemariam Desalegn sworn in as Ethiopia’s new Prime Minister

Hailemariam Desalegn has been sworn in as Ethiopia’s new Prime Minister Ethiopia's new Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn was sworn in on Friday and immediately promised to stick to his predecessor Meles Zenawi's development agenda.

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Hailemariam Desalegn, new Ethiopian Prime Minister

Hailemariam Desalegn, Ethiopian Prime MinisterEthiopia's ruling party has confirmed Hailemariam Desalegn as late Prime Minister Meles Zenawi's successor after a two day meeting over the weekend.

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