June 16, 1992
For the first time in their history, Ethiopians will go to the polls on Sunday to vote in democratic elections. The polling fulfills a pledge made in May, 1991, by the rebel Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Democratic Front when it took over the government. But the voting has already been postponed once because of ethnic clashes. Even now, voting in parts of the south and east of the country will be deferred until later.
April 15, 1992 |
When four bombs went off in hotels and restaurants here earlier this month, wounding at least 18 people, the significance of the first explosions heard in the city since last May's battle to overthrow the nation's dictator was lost on almost no one. To many, they marked what could be the start of Ethiopia's new civil war.
February 11, 1992 |
Any unwitting observers who happened upon a public ceremony in a stadium near here recently could be forgiven for thinking they had strayed across the border into another country. Speaker after speaker evoked the name of the "Nation of Oromia," and the highlight was the presentation of degrees to 250 people who had just concluded a three-month course in Oromo history and language.
July 6, 1991 |
A transitional government made up of former rebel groups was formed Friday to prepare Ethiopia's first democratic elections, but secessionist Eritrean leaders refused to join the alliance. The government, which is dominated by guerrillas who toppled former President Mengistu Haile Mariam in late May, inherits an empty treasury, heavy debts and the problem of feeding as many as 7 million famine victims.
June 18, 1991 |
The haul of weapons this country's new rulers collected from its former government officials last month was impressive in its diversity. The guns lay in a pile at the collecting station, where a youthful rebel soldier, now part of a regular army, issued receipts: Soviet-made carbines and AK-47 automatic rifles predominated, but there were also Belgian rifles, Israeli Uzis and even a lonely American Winchester.
June 6, 1991 |
Fires still smoldered Wednesday in a southern suburb of Addis Ababa demolished by a huge explosion at an ammunition dump Tuesday. Ethiopian Red Cross official Tebebe Yemani Berhan said the massive death toll feared earlier had not materialized. He said Tuesday's early-morning blast razed 5,000 houses and killed more than 100 people. But rescue workers who sifted through the rubble overnight found far fewer bodies than expected.