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Ethiopia suffered a great deal of loss in the past 2 days

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Ethiopia’s new prime minister Abiy Ahmed Ali is not giving us time to breathe.

At 41, the youngest head of government in Africa, he has logged a lot of frequent flyer miles already, visiting countries in the neighbourhood, and at home he’s been all over on a charm offensive.

He has supped with once-bitter enemies of the ruling Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) and released thousands of prisoners, including journalists and opposition politicians.

But perhaps his two most surprising actions were the announcement that, after 18 years of hostility, Ethiopia was finally ready to implement a peace deal with Eritrea, reached after a bloody border war in 1998, and that it would gradually privatise its State-controlled economy, including the tightly closed telecoms and aviation sectors.

Even if it’s weighed down by debt, no one out there thought Addis Ababa would even speak of partially privatising crown jewels like Ethiopian Airlines.

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