The law and politics of internal secession: The Ethiopian experience in comparative perspective
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Although secession has been the subject of much scholarly work, the focus has largely been on the external dimension of secession, the decision of a territory to leave an existing state and establish itself as independent state. Little attention has been provided to the less radical solution of internal secession, the right of a community or territory to secede from a subnational unit and establish its own unit. The Ethiopian constitution is probably the only constitution that provides for internal secession as a constitutional right. It also provides for a procedure according to which the right to internal secession can be exercised. Focusing on the Ethiopian experience, this chapter discusses the law and politics of internal secession in a comparative perspective. It examines the grounds that may justify internal secession and the procedure that must govern a request for internal secession.