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Abiy Ahmed: Ethiopian Prime Minister who captured Africa's imagination

(CNN)At the beginning of 2018, Africa watchers were still reeling from the departure of Robert Mugabe. The Zimbabwe leader's 37-year tenure had been figuratively bayoneted by his own army in an apparent coup.The question on everyone's lips: Would this signal the end of strongman rule in Africa?Zimbabweans were quick to remind us that the new Emmerson Mnangagwa presidency was simply a case of different feet in the same boots.All across the continent, old men such as Cameroon's Paul Biya were running again in elections despite having already served 36 years as President.In Nigeria, the ailing Muhammadu Buhari was prepping for another election in 2019, while Uganda's Yoweri Museveni was at increasing loggerheads with a youthful population who ...
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