The charge: That Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed was inciting violence against opposition forces when he issued a statement in October wishing his bodyguard a fast recovery from a stabbing wound.
The concrete evidence: The stabbing, suffered at an event celebrating Eid, in which inclusivity is a key theme.
The backstory: One would be hard-pressed to believe the motive behind that statement, given that not only has Abiy delivered on his pledge to foster inclusivity but has also been welcomed by the United States and the European Union as he faces down antigovernment violence as his party has consolidated power.
In addition, the opposition raises the strongest concerns about Abiy’s assertion that security forces will not use lethal force against protesters.
“He’s being called a dictator, and this is someone who has liberal values,” says Daniel Serwer, a professor at Johns Hopkins University who advises Ethiopia.
Why it matters: Ethiopia hasn’t had a party-controlled administration in two decades, and there’s been relative peace for more than a decade.