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THE ETHNIC MINORITY RIGHT PROTECTION AND ITS POLITICAL REPRESENTATION IN ETHIOPIA

Ephrem Ahadu and Worku Dibu
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Ephrem Ahadu: Department of Civic and Ethical Studies, Wachemo University, Po box 667, Hosanna, Ethiopia
Worku Dibu: Department of Civic and Ethical Studies, Wachemo University, Po box 667, Hosanna, Ethiopia

Annals of the University of Craiova for Journalism, Communication and Management, 2019, vol. 5, issue 1, 95-118

Abstract: Scholarly interest in Ethiopia’s ethnic federalism and political representation of minorities has frequently been on ethno-territorial organization, constitutional design, power-sharing arrangements, but the rights of minority under majority and their decision making power are often left out from analyses. In the current politics of Ethiopia Minorities are not supported well, but they are also sometimes bothered and ignored. These unequal policies have resulted in discrimination of different rights in society. The Constitution of Ethiopia off course provided equality before the law for all citizens regardless of their religion, race, language or gender. At the same time, it declared the value of cultural diversity. However minorities did not have a chance to win in an election since the system of election in Ethiopia is a simple majority, when there is no one particular group which holds numerical dominance, simple majoritarianism can work against the rights of minorities unless they are specifically safeguarded. In addition even though the constitution of the 1995 FDRE provides article in support of minorities representation but it fails to apply practically.

Keywords: Minority; Rights; Power Decision Making; Protection; Ethiopia (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: Z0 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2019
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