Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam Marks Milestone, Approaches Completion

Source: Atlantic Council

Author: J. Peter Pham

Orignal Link: http://www.atlanticcouncil.org/blogs/africasource/grand-ethiopian-renaissance-dam-marks-milestone-approaches-completion

The April 2 anniversary of the laying of the foundation stone of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) in 2011 passed largely unremarked amid the cascade of momentous news coming recently from Ethiopia, including several years of unrest, the sudden release of thousands of detainees in mid-February, the resignation of the prime minister one day later, the declaration of a state of emergency the day after that, as well as the ensuing intense deliberations within the governing Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front, culminating in the election of a new coalition chairman and his swearing-in this week as prime minister, the first such constitutional handover in the millennial history of the Ethiopian state.

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