The Economic Commission for Africa’s Executive Secretary, Carlos Lopes has called on Africa’s leaders to tackle economic, social and political inequality, which he stressed, is a leading cause of conflict in Africa. In his address to the 28th Ordinary Session of the AU Executive Council
#OromoProtests Special coverage
It is important to situate the recent Oromo students’ protest within the historical context of students’ dissent in Ethiopia. The wave of protest that swept through Oromiya, Ethiopia’s biggest and populous regional state, bears a striking resemblance to the 1960s Ethiopian students’ protest, which culminated into the 1974 revolution that brought down Africa’s last standing Emperor, Haile Sellasie I. It was a revolution that changed Ethiopia’s land tenure system for good.