This week, the latest man to lead Ethiopia from this secretive compound opened most of its grounds to the public. The privately-funded, $170 million renovation includes a park, a zoo and a museum of the country’s history, with exhibits adorning walls once stained with the blood of prisoners.

The project is emblematic of the leadership of Abiy Ahmed, Ethiopia’s young and reformist prime minister who is just 43 years old and who on Friday won the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts in ending the violent standoff with neighboring Eritrea. He has been in office less than two years, but he has given people here hope…

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