In Ethiopia, an environment of fear prevails amid ongoing religious and ethnic conflicts.

Political experts and residents of the East African country told Anadolu Agency the government has remained silent amid a spate of hate crimes.

Idris Yeba, a political analyst living in Turkey’s capital Ankara, believes the government is busy focusing on secondary issues when its primary function should be maintaining law and order.

“Rather than rebuilding institutions and addressing popular demand, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s government has been busy dismantling party institutions and recentralizing state power,” Idris said.

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