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Ethiopia: Abiy Ahmed brings new hope, but faces some familiar, old problems

Many countries in Africa have suffered because of the gerontocratic nature of their politics, an issue I have often lamented.

  • Stephen Chan
  • The Conversation

Some “elders”, such as Robert Mugabe, lost touch with modern statecraft and the changing conditions of life – and have been toppled.

Others, such as Nigeria’s Muhammadu Buhari, are loathe to let go of power, and not only grow old but sick, too.

Others still, like Gabon’s longstanding Bongo dynasty, are determined to be fixtures who move political allies and allegiances like pawns on a chessboard, but no longer do anything to…

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