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the best of our reporting and analysis Dear Reader, This is a pivotal moment for Ethiopia and the Horn, write Dino Mahtani and William Davison. If Ethiopia’s Premier Abiy Ahmed pushes ahead with his war against the Tigray region in the north, it will likely be a protracted conflict. “It may also embolden other opposition groups to ramp up confrontation with the federal government. An armed rebellion is already underway in Oromia, while Amhara factions seek to reclaim territory in west Tigray they allege the TLF annexed when it was instrumental in designing the federation.” Ethiopia’s stability – or instability – will also affect the rest of the region. Somalia, where Ethiopia has deployed troops as part of the African Union mission, is first in line. But Eritrea too risks being pulled into the conflict. Time is scarce, and attention is elsewhere; all pressure must be applied to avoid this conflict spiralling into an unnecessary and deeply damaging civil war. Thanks for reading, Nicholas Norbrook
Managing Editor TODAY TOP STORIESNO, THE UNITED NATIONS IS NOT RACIST —Racism does exist within the United Nations system. It’s hard to deny this given the allegations detailed in Foreign Policy in October. However, it is important to put this in the context of the progress that has been made within the UN system on issues of equality, race, and gender. Read more… MUHAMMED CARTOONS: MUSLIMS SHOULD NOT ‘CONCERN THEMSELVES’ ABOUT THEM – SCHOLAR —Tunisian Islamologist and philosopher Youssef Seddik believes the way forward is for Muslims to reconsider how they interpret their sacred texts and history. Read more… GUINEA ELECTION: CONDÉ’S VICTORY CONFIRMED BY CONSTITUTIONAL COURT —Guinea’s Constitutional Court has confirmed Alpha Condé’s victory in the general election that has seen deadly post-election violence. Read more… MALI: FORMER PRESIDENT AMADOU TOUMANI TOURÉ DIES —Former Malian President Amadou Toumani Touré, overthrown by a coup in 2012, died during the night of Monday to Tuesday in Turkey, where he had been taken for medical reasons. Read more… Other top stories ON THE POD The opposition in Côte d’Ivoire, after boycotting the polls, are trying to set up their own transitional government. Ouattara meanwhile is pressing with preparations for his third term. HOW DO YOU LIKE IT SO FAR ?We value your feedback to better match your expectations. Tell us how your like your daily brief. Click here Copyright © 2020 The Africa Report. All Rights Reserved.
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