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Ethiopia: Will Premier Abiy Ahmed win the battle but lose the PR war?

By Samuel Getachew
Posted on Wednesday, 21 April 2021 21:53

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed addresses the media at the new 32-berth Lamu Port in Lamu County, Kenya December 9, 2020. Presidential Press Service/Handout via REUTERS

As Ethiopians prepare for the belated national elections on 5 June, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed's popularity is waning in part due to the ongoing conflict in Tigray Region, a weakening economy, high unemployment and an unresolved dispute with Sudan and Egypt over the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam.

Ethiopia has come far from its past as an aid-dependent economy with rampant extreme poverty. In fact, it has recently been noted as one of the fastest-growing economies in the region.

But the current unrest is causing some international investors to reconsider their investments. The latest is the Bangladeshi textile manufacturer DBL, which supplies H&M and other international brands.