Political situation in Ethiopia
The political environment in Ethiopia is undergoing a period of radical transformation under a new Prime Minister who took office in April 2018 and launched a vast programme of political and economic reforms. Since the second half of 2019, however, these reforms seem to have stagnated and the country is now witnessing more stringent control of the media, a state of emergency imposed in different parts of the country and the postponement of national elections. In November 2020 the Ethiopian National Defence Force (ENDF) launched an offensive in Tigray against Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF). Besides, violence in Ethiopia has steadily increased in recent months. As a direct result, thousands of people have been killed and millions displaced. National elections are now scheduled for June 2021 and given their significance, further outbreaks of violence are to be expected throughout the country.