Australian Left Review

Abstract

What Ethiopia needed most following the departure of former President Mengistu Haile Mariam in May 1991 was a stable government, new directions in economic and political policies and a leadership that inspired new confidence in the country. Instead, it got Meles Zenawi, a guerrilla leader with no previous government experience and whose policies are unknown. Zenawi, head of the Tigrayan People's Liberation Front (TPLF), is unacceptable to many Ethiopians outside Tigray province and, before long, he might resort to force, as Mengistu did, to govern.

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