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Ethnic Politics In Play: Implementing Self-Determination In A South Ethiopian Context

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According to the Ethiopian Constitution, regional states have autonomy to prepare and implement their own state policies and to conduct their own affairs independent of the actors at the national level. When the EPRDF moved southward from Addis Ababa with its forces in 1991, its main message to the southern people was that it came to liberate the nationalities from the oppressive Derg regime. Initially, the area now constituting the Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples Regional State was organised in five different regional units. Many of them were more or less the same as the administrative units that had been established after the Derg's and ISEN's reorganisation of the southern area in 1987. As a sort of compensation for the heavy-handed integration of administrative units in the south at the beginning of the 1990s, the Council of Nationalities was established at the regional level in 1993.

Keywords: Council of Nationalities; EPRDF; Ethiopian constitution



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