Regions of Ethiopia
|Regions and Chartered cities of Ethiopia|
|Also known as:
|Location||Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia|
2 Chartered Cities
|Populations||(Regions):183,344 (Harari) – 27,158,471 (Oromia)
(Chartered Cities):341,834 (Dire Dawa) – 2,739,551 (Addis Ababa)
|Areas||(Regions):129 square miles (330 km2) (Harari) – 109,861 square miles (284,540 km2) (Oromia)
(Chartered Cities):203 square miles (530 km2) (Addis Ababa) - 468 square miles (1,210 km2) (Dire Dawa)
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Since 1995, Ethiopia is constitutionally formed by a federation of nine ethnically-based regional states (plural: kililoch; singular: kilil) and two chartered cities (plural: astedader akababiwach; singular: astedader akabibi). These administrative regions replaced the older system of provinces. The word "kilil" more specifically means "reservation" or "protected area". The ethnic basis of the regions and choice of the word "kilil" has drawn fierce criticism from those in opposition to the ruling party who have drawn comparisons to the bantustans of apartheid South Africa.
Regions are governed by a regional council whose members are directly elected to represent districts (woreda). Each council has a president, who is elected by the council. The regions also have an executive committee, whose members are selected by the president from among the councilors and approved by the council. Each region has a sector bureau, which implements the council mandate and reports to the executive committee.
List of regions
|Map||Flag||Region name||Population||Area (km2)||Density (km2)||Capital|
|1||Addis Ababa (city admin.) and capital city||2,739,551||526.99||5,198.49||N/A|
|3||Amhara Region||17,214,056||154,708.96||111.28||Bahir Dar|
|5||Dire Dawa (city admin.)||341,834||1,558.61||219.32||N/A|
|8||Oromia Region||27,158,471||284,537.84||95.45||Addis Ababa|
|9||Somali Region||4,439,147||279,252 (est.)||15.90||Jijiga|
|10||Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples' Region||15,042,531||105,887.18||142.06||Hawassa|
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'Since 1993, the education system has been substantially decentralised, with responsibility passing to the provincial authorities.' ... as Taye Woldesmiate went on to point out, the government 'decided to use education policy to promote its own political agenda, meaning its ethnic policy to divide the country'. At the time, teachers denounced this shift. 'The regime created apartheid-type Bantustan states called "killils", or homelands. Citizens are confined within their "killils" never to seek education or jobs outside their homeland', they said.
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- Census 2007 Tables
- 2011 National Statistics
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