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Crafting Ethnic Politics: The Formation Of Parties In Sidama And Wolayta

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A major argument of is that the analysis and understanding of ethnic political mobilisation must have a wide scope, transcending the traditional political science focus on institutions and formal structures of political power. This chapter demonstrates how the multiethnic region of southern Ethiopia supports this argument. It explores the political trajectories of Sidama and Wolayta after the fall of the Derg. The chapter looks at how the EPRDF's strategy of forming ethnic-based parties either related to or disregarded the cultural, social, and historical context of the two communities, and attempts to explain why political mobilisation has turned divisive in Sidama and cohesive in Wolayta.

Keywords: Derg; EPRDF; ethnic political mobilisation; political mobilisation; Sidama; Wolayta



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