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Next Africa: Tigray Loss Is Just Start of Abiy’s Headache

Ethiopia's Prime minister Abiy Ahmed.

Ethiopia's Prime minister Abiy Ahmed.

Photographer: MICHAEL TEWELDE/AFP

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When Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed sent troops into the northern province of Tigray, he thought he could reassert control over the restive region and tighten his grip on Africa’s second-most populous country.