Protesters chant slogans during a demonstration over what they say is unfair distribution of wealth in the country at Meskel Square in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa, August 6, 2016. REUTERS/Tiksa Negeri
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Regional protests that began last year in Ethiopia have spread across the country, and despite successive crackdowns analysts say dissatisfaction with the authoritarian government is driving ever greater unrest.One rally was even held in Addis Ababa Saturday, a rare event for the seat of power of a nation ruled by a regime considered among the most repressive in Africa."This crisis is systemic because it shakes the foundations of the model of government put into place 25 years ago, which is authoritarian and centralized," Lafort explained.The protesters have different grievances but are united by their disaffection with the country's leaders, who largely hail from the northern Tigray region and represent less than 10 percent of the population.Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn heads the Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Democratic Frontz, which won all the seats in parliament in elections last year.Although he comes from the minority Wolayta people, he is surrounded in government by Tigreans, who also dominate the security forces and positions of economic power.
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