Abiy Ahmed, the newly elected chair of the Ethiopian Peoples' Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) addresses Ethiopian lawmakers after he was sworn in as the country's Prime Minister, Monday, April 2, 2018. (AP photo/Mulugeta Ayene)
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Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Saturday pledged the 2020 election would be "free and fair" and promised a democratic transition if his party loses, as he pushes forward with lightning reforms to transform the one-party nation.Abiy, who took office in April, has prioritized reconciliation between critics and the ruling Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF), which has held power unopposed for 27 years. A year later, with the unrest ongoing, the government of then prime minister Hailemariam Desalegn imposed a state of emergency.But he resigned in February this year, paving the way for Abiy to take over, becoming the first leader to ever come from the Oromo people, Ethiopia's largest ethnic group.
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