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Why Ethiopia is Making a Historic ‘Master Plan’ U-turn

Oromo Protest in Ethiopia
The Oromo People Democratic Organization (OPDO) that governs the Oromia region and part of the ruling EPRDF party said it has decided to fully rollback the controversial draft Master Plan in a bid to contain the two month old crisis that resulted in the death of 150 Oromo students and the arrest of thousands.

By Mathias Muindi | for BBC,

A controversial plan by the Ethiopian government to expand the capital, Addis Ababa, is set to be scrapped after a key member of the ruling coalition withdrew its support. The expansion plan sparked deadly violence in the central-southern state of Oromia, which surrounds Addis Ababa.

Rights groups say that at least 150 protesters have died and another 5,000 have been arrested by security forces. Similar protests in May 2014 left dozens of protesters dead.

Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn had vowed on 16 December that his government would be “merciless” towards the protesters, who he described as “anti-peace forces”.  Continue reading Why Ethiopia is Making a Historic ‘Master Plan’ U-turn