Ethiopia: Election 2010
Dr Tobias Hagmann, Lecturer in Political Geography, University of Zurich
Respondent: Sally Healy, Associate Fellow, Africa Programme, Chatham House
Chair: Joel Kibazo, Associate Fellow, Africa Programme, Chatham House
In recently contested elections, Ethiopia's ruling party won 99.6% of federal parliamentary seats and 99.95% of regional councils. Dr Tobias Hagmann will give an assessment of what these results mean in the context of Ethiopia's democratisation process and consider their implications for a country which remains a major recipient of donor assistance and has been widely praised for its development successes.
Dr Tobias Hagmann has conducted research on resource conflict, local and state politics in the Ethio-Somali borderlands. He is the co-editor (with Kjetil Tronvoll) of Contested Power: Traditional Authorities and Multi-party Elections in Ethiopia (forthcoming).