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Etana Habte, Special to Addis Standard

In the first part of this series, I explored in historic perspectives (particularly with developments in Oromia regional state) the Ethiopian government’s road to becoming a counter-protest state, and proceeded to discuss the systematic ways in which the regime further bolstered its role as a counter-protest state in Oromia. Taking the recent #OromoProtests as a point of departure, in this part of the series I discuss a more recent surge of popular protests, and the socio-political and party architecture in which #OromoProtests first took shape.

In a roundtable with local and international members of the press, US high tech billionaire and philanthropist Bill Gates said that there is still a lot to be done in Ethiopia in health and agricultural sectors. The roundtable was held yesterday at the Sheraton Hotel here in Addis Abeba after Mr. Gates met with high level government officials including Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn. The discussions with Prime Minister included Ethiopia’s second phase of Growth and Transformation Plan (GTP II) which, according to Gates is “equally ambitious” with its predecessor.