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Background. Ethiopia is rather unique in Africa in that it has been a self-governed country for its entire history, with the exception of its 1936-1941 occupation by Italy. Traditionally a monarchy, it became a military dictatorship in 1974 when a military junta overthrew Emperor Haile Selassie. The military regime itself was finally overthrown in 1991, and since then Ethiopia has been developing into a democratic state. Its first constitution...

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