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The Role of Democracy in Building a Multi-Ethnic State: The Case of Ethiopia (Dr. Negaso Solan)

Georgetown Democracy and Governance

Wednesday, February 11, 2015 from 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM (EST)

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Dr. Negaso Solan is a revered scholar who has represented one of Ethiopia’s main opposition parties,

the United for Democracy and Justice Party from 2012 to 2013, served as a member of the House of

People’s Representatives from 2005 to 2010 and was president of Ethiopia from 1995 to 2001. As an

advocate of democracy and human rights he has dedicated his life work to ethnic inclusion. In the 1970s

Dr. Solan worked against the Wallaga Feudal system by leading demonstrations with the Aira School.

During his time in Germany Dr. Solan supported the rights of Ethiopia’s largest Ethnic group, the Oromo

people. He worked towards unifying the Oromo community with other Ethiopian communities who were

also struggling under the rule of the military. Upon his return to Ethiopia in 1991, he helped to draft a new

constitution, chaired the 1994 Constitutional Assembly, and signed the constitution in 1995 as first

president of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia. As a fellow of the National Endowment of

Democracy (NED) Dr. Solan is writing an article about how democracy could settle the problems present

in the federalist system of Ethiopia. Primarily he is focusing on the different forms of constructing a multiethnic

and democratic state in Ethiopia.(

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Mortara Center for International Studies
36th Street Northwest
Washington, DC 20007

Wednesday, February 11, 2015 from 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM (EST)

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