The Problem of Internally Displaced Persons in Ethiopia in the Context of 2020 Parliamentary Elections

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In 2019, Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiyah Ahmed won the Nobel peace prize. His government is praised for releasing political prisoners, partially opening Ethiopia's political space to the opposition, and making peace with neighboring Eritrea. At the same time, in recent years nearly 3 million people have fled their homes in Ethiopia, mainly because of ethnic violence. Human rights organizations accuse the country's authorities of forcing people to return to their homes, where many still do not feel safe. In 2018 and 2019 alone, more than a million Ethiopians were forced from their homes by ethnic violence. Ethiopia currently ranks first in the world in the number of internally displaced persons. The authors analyze the controversial socio-political situation in Ethiopia in the context of the upcoming parliamentary elections in 2020.


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Vladimir G. Ivanov

Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia (RUDN University)

Author for correspondence.
Email: ivanov_vg@pfur.ru
Miklukho-Maklaya Str., 6, Moscow, Russian Federation, 117198

Doctor of Political Sciences, Associate Professor of the Department of Comparative Politics, Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia (RUDN University)

V. Mikael Kassae Nigusie

Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia (RUDN University)

Email: kassae-nv@rudn.ru
Miklukho-Maklaya Str., 6, Moscow, Russian Federation, 117198

Doctor of History, Full Professor of the Department of Theory and History of International Relations, Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia (RUDN University)

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