In September 1984 Ethiopia became the first state in Africa to be ruled by an orthodox marxist-leninist party, the Workers Party of Ethiopia. In the light of that event, this study reveals the nature of political power in this country by presenting a comprehensive review of its most important institutions: the Provisional Military Council (Derg), the Workers Party of Ethiopia, the army, and their close association in the sharing of power. Also of prime significance in a country confronted with internal war, it features a panorama of the political armed and non-armed opposition
in: International review of the Red Cross, Volume 30, Issue S1, p. 23-25
ISSN: 1816-3831 (print), 1607-5889 (electronic)
Once again in 1990, northern Ethiopia was the scene of heavy fighting and much human suffering. The armed conflict continued and tension increased during the year. In February, the port of Massawa changed hands after a major battle, leaving Asmara, the capital of Eritrea, dependent on air transport for communications with the rest of the country. Further south, major clashes were reported within 150 kilometres of the capital. Heavy fighting took place near Dessie (Wollo province) and Bahr Dar (a town in northern Gojjam province, near Lake Tana).