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Ethiopia just pardoned political prisoners. Could that signal a shift to real democracy?

Is Ethiopia opening — ever so slightly — to democracy? Some observers were cautiously optimistic after Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn’s surprising Jan. 3 announcement that the government would release some political prisoners, including opposition leader Merera Gudina. Starting in mid-January, Gudina and hundreds of Ethiopians detained during a 2016 wave of anti-government protests we
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