The Ethiopian Constitution and Its Approach to the Ethnic Communities’ Demand for Own States

The Ethiopian Constitution and Its Approach to the Ethnic Communities’ Demand for Own States
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Tilahun Tefera (PhD), Desalegn Amsalu (PhD) and Zemelak Aytenew (PhD)
Date:
01 August 2022
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Ethiopia, like many other countries, had attempted to implement a nation-building project, especially beginning from the mid-19th century. Implementing this project has two major aspects: territorial expansion and centralization of governance. Both processes began during the reign of Emperor Tewodros II in the 1850s (Teshale 1995; Bahru 2002). The territorial expansion particularly, which was implemented using both coercive and non-coercive methods (Bahru 2002), culminated during Emperor Minilik II (1889−1913) giving Ethiopia its current shape. This effort brought into the Ethiopian empire many ethnocultural groups that formerly had their own identity and institutions.

 
 
 
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