Oromo people have been asking for equal representation for decades. Now, with Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed (an Oromo) leading the country, they hope they can claim their rights.
The death of about 40 people in Ethiopia’s Oromia over the weekend is being blamed on the Liyu Police, a regional paramilitary force from the Somali region.
The conflict began in April around 400 kilometres (250 miles) south of the capital Addis Ababa. More than 1.2 million people have been forced to flee since, the UN report says.
Abiy Ahmed is the first ethnic Oromo to become Ethiopia's prime minister. The ruling coalition is looking to him to lead the country out of anti-government protests that have been raging since late 2015.
Ethiopia is experiencing ethnic and political tensions that could have far-reaching implications for its neighbors in the Horn of Africa, and beyond.
Ethiopia's Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn suddenly resigned to smoothen the path for political reforms. Africa's second most populous nation has been racked by violent unrest in recent years.
Ethiopia is slowly sleepwalking into ethnic war. Can it be averted?
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