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The East African region, especially the Horn of Africa, is exhibiting uncertainty that was unseen in the past. After decades of economic prospects, regional integration, potential grounds for democratic transition, as well as international leadership, the region has descended again into chaos.
For the first time since it was launched 17 years ago, the African Investigative Journalism Conference (AIJC) came to Addis Ababa, a city that co-hosted the event in hybrid online and offline discussions in Nairobi, Abuja, Dakar, and Johannesburg.
Ethiopia has formed a new government with not that much new faces into the cabinet of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed (PhD). This new government is expected to navigate the country through the bumpy roads to “prosperity.” The vision to become “The Beacon of African Prosperity” aims at minimizing the country’s poverty level from 19 percent to seven percent.
One year into the ten year prospective plan which runs until 2030, a new government is set to start its term on Monday, October 4, 2021. The majority of members within the House of Peoples’ Representatives (HPR) have been replaced by newly elected representatives from the sixth general elections conducted on June 21, 2021 polls.
An announcement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) of Ethiopia proscribing seven UN staff was welcomed with condemnations and rebukes from the international community both from bilateral and multilateral partners of the country.
Constituencies in Somali, Southern, and Harar regions headed to polling stations on Thursday September 30, 2021, to vote for their representatives, and in the case of some in the South, to vote in a referendum to form a new regional government called Southwestern Ethiopia.