Globally, only Papua New Guinea grew faster last year. Government spending has been key driver of the boom
The 'Ethiopian model' runs into a wall; economic ambitions clash with politics as Oromo protests surge
The unrest highlights the conflict between the countries authoritarian development model and its system of federalism.
Bad land laws, rules on water, and need to keep cities happy and fat while hurting the farming countryside, have led nations down a dangerous road.
The PM is a Protestant, the first to lead Ethiopia, where the majority of Christians follow Orthodox traditions.
The EPRDF also won 99% of regional state councils seats. Opposition says ruling party used authoritarian tactics to guarantee victory.
In the last election in 2010, the opposition took 8% of the popular vote and won just one seat out of 547.
Ethiopia is not Tunisia: Activist sets self on fire ahead of elections, but there was no ‘Abyssinia Spring’
Unlike Mohamed Bouazizi, the Tunisian whose self-immolation helped trigger the Arab Spring in 2010, the suicide hasn’t sparked protests in Ethiopia.