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On Guard

In an unusual show of force, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s (PhD)new elite force—The Republican Guard— displayed military equipment, armor and skills at the inauguration of the 2.5-billion-birr Sheger Park, located off Lorenzo Te’azaz Street, on Thursday. Part of the 29-billion-birr initiative to beautifying Addis Ababa, the inauguration of the Park, which houses the Brethren Square, rather appeared more of a military parade and show of force than an event to mark the completion of a project that was constructed and partly financed by Chinese companies and the government.