Political Violence Could Derail Ethiopia's Democratic Transition ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia-According to his wife, the late Gen. Seare Mekonnen, Ethiopia's former army chief of staff, was assassinated by a bodyguard shortly after 9 p.m. on June 22, 2019.If anybody knows what happened to the widely respected general that night, it is his widow, Tsige Alemayehu. But, for more than a year after the assassination, she was not asked to testify
Ethiopia files terror charges against Jawar Mohammed, others (Aljazeera) September 19, 2020 - Ethiopia has filed terrorism charges against leading opposition leader Jawar Mohammed and other activists, a move that risks further inflaming tensions in the country's restive Oromia region.. All along, Abiy was determined to undo the EPRDF and all legal or otherwise opposition groups.
DW TV - TPLF Vice-Chair Fetelework G/ziabher on Federalist call for a transitional govt to be lead by professionals and elders and more! Sep 18, 2020
Abiy thought little of the opposition camp. He told a trusted friend that he was going to cloud the difference between the EPRDF and the oppositions. That is why all diaspora oppositions and media personalities were invited to Ethiopia. Little by little he is succeeding. Today except for the TPLF, all EPRDF member organizations are gone. The proud Amhara people are left without political representation. Many of the opposition leaders are dispersed or languishing in prison - except Aregawi Berhe and Merrar Gudena Even Jawar and Obbo Bekele, a respected man, are languishing in jail. Now that he has succeeded with his plan, he will hold a sham election and convince the international community he is an elected 'president'(?) He does not understand his days as a government head is approaching fast.
Eritrean Political Forces Coordination Committee
Launches Various Joint Political Tasks ( EPFCC) September 17, 2020 - The Eritrean Political Forces, which on 24 June 2020 issued a joint declaration pledging to coordinate their effortsto bring democratic change in Eritrea, have initiated their joint work on a numberof important areas, including diplomacy, media, and mass mobilizationactivities. The political forces are Eritrean National Council for Democratic Change, Eritrean National Front, Eritrean People's Democratic Party, and Unity for Democratic Change and United Eritreans for Justice. The guiding principles bringing the political forces together are.
Tigrai TV - A CALL FOR PEACE AND NATIONAL SALIVATION from The Coalition of Ethiopia Federalist Unity
A Call for Peace and National Salvation Sep 17, 2020 - Ethiopia is at the crossroads. It has only two choices. Either jump to the cliff or follow a peaceful path espoused by the of Ethiopian Federalist forces. There is no third choice.
Unboxing Modern Propaganda Aesop 09/17/2020 - Modern propaganda is polarizing society and promoting extremism. Ethiopians are among the primary victims of modern propaganda. Political and religious extremist use social media to incite conflict by polarizing the masses. The dictatorial regime in Addis continues to fabricate inaccurate and misleading information to score political points. International actors who should be neutral issue incomplete or biased report on the country.
Harnessing Qeerroo Power Assefa A. Lemu 09-18-20 - In this article, I would like to pick up the issue from where Dr. Mosisa left. The motto of our fathers which says "gabrummaahiddaanbuqqifna, yoodadhabneilmaanittiguddifna" (we shall uproot dominations; if we can't, our children will do it) is all about the relay and continuity of struggle and coordination of efforts in all spheres of life to build a better future.
Update - TPLF Congress and Tigrai Government
Tigrai will have an elected government in the coming few days. TPLF will be the governing party and it will now be administered by a President, not a "deputy" president. Accordingly, the current TPLF chairman Debretsion Gebremichael (Ph.D.) will likely become the President of Tigrai. Debretsion will retain his Chairmanship until the next congress which is planned to be held in the next few months! As you all know TPLF holds its congress every two years. In normal circumstances, TPLF should have had its congress by now.
Ethiopia's democratic transition is in peril Abiy Ahmed has so far delivered neither democracy nor peace.Abiy has been unable to patch the deep ethnic fissures that threaten to tear Ethiopia apart, and has not altered the state's instinct for violence and repression. This year alone at least 147 fatal clashes have left several hundred dead
EHRC: BENISHANGUL-GUMUZ REGION: KILLINGS AND DISPLACEMENT (ASSOSSA) - The Ethiopian Human Rights Commission is deeply concerned by the security events unfolding in the Benishangul-Gumuz Region. The Commission has received disturbing reports from the Region's Metekel Zone, Bulen Woreda, Apar Kebele, and Wonbera Woreda, Melkan Kebele.
Out of Darkness to a Bright Future of Glory: Birthday of a Modern Nation-State of Tigrai Mogos Abraham, PhD Centre for Middle Eastern Studies, Canada 15 Sept. 2020- Congratulations, Momma Tigrai! By scoring multiple victories against all your enemies, your children are building your bright future, a future of democracy for the 21st Century, peace, and prosperity. You are being groomed as a Nation State of Tigrai. Let your friends and foes, those near and afar...
DW TV Coverage on Tegaru persecution in Addis and more! Sep 15, 2020
"Tigrai elected, Tigrai won and Tigrai triumphed" Dr. Debretsion Gebremichael Gemechu Tussa 09-16-20 - It is so incredible and extraordinary that the people in Tigray once again rallied confirming the conclusion of the 6th regional election held on the 9th of September 2020. The people colorfully celebrated the effectively accomplished election which has faced a lot of sabotages and jeopardizing activities by the Federal Government and the House of Federation.
Do as we say, not as we do: The politics of revenge. Gebru Boj'Boj September 15, 2020 - First, I would like to apologize for bringing the following sad news during this happy moment of ours coming from our New Year time and historic election. Hoping that you will accept my apology and understand where I am coming from, let me go straight to the story. The psychological distance between what is being preached and practiced and the discrepancy between recommendations and actions happening in Ethiopia against Tegaru today is mind-boggling, to say the least.
Oromo: The nation in the continuous revolution Assefa A. Lemu 09-14-20 - Ethiopia, with its present-day shape and borders, was createdby Emperor Menelik II who was born on August 17, 1844 in Ankober, North Shewa of the present Amhara State, and died in Addis Ababa (Finfinne) on December 12, 1913 and who was the emperor of Ethiopia from 1889 to 1913. As stated in the preamble of The Transitional Period Charter of Ethiopia...
The Long Game Aesop 09/09/2020 - First, congratulations to all Tigreans who made this election possible. Big gratitude also goes to other people who supported Tigrai's election. It is a mystery why Tigrai's detractors hoped people who took bullets to secure ballots yesterday, would back down over infantile ridicule and threats today. It is also a hard to fathom why they thought defamation campaigns might distract battle-hardened leaders from single-mindedly pursuing their goals.
Speaking Truth to Power: The Election in Tigray Elias Dawit 09-07-20 - Democracy is not easy. It exposes the inherent flaws in governance and lays bare the weak underbelly of a country's institutions. Democracy is risky. The people's choices may not match the challenges that lay ahead and can pull a country backwards-reversing hard-fought gains and impeding a progressive way forward. Democracy is messy. It can cause accelerated turmoil and uncertainty. There are no shortcuts to democracy. We could not agree more!! Must Read!
Ethiopia Premier Abiy Faces Tigray Test Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has won plaudits abroad. He's less popular at home. This week he faces the biggest challenge yet to his authority. At stake is the success of ambitious economic plans that include the full or partial participation of foreign investors in industries ranging from sugar to telecommunications. Edward Hobey-Hamsher, a senior Africa analyst at U.K. risk consultancy Verisk Maplecroft. said "There is no middle ground in Ethiopia. There are these entirely polarized views about its future. Could it break up? Absolutely." What are our Amhara elites who are enabling Abiy to auction the country seeing that Foreigners and millions of Ethiopians can't see? How could they continue to allow Abiy to destroy the country they will call home tomorrow after he is gone? Why can't they smell the coffee and abandoned Abiy before it is too late?
The ant, the spider, or the bee? Aesop 09/06/2020 - The debate between political parties in Tigrai was enlightening. The major opposition parties fall into two categories. Some of them sought political ideology from Tigrai's historical and cultural past. Others looked for a suitable political ideology from abroad. The TPLF stood out in this regard. TPLF's political ideology is a product of imported ideology reconciled to Tigrai's reality on the ground. TPLF adopted the developmental state model of East Asia.
A must-read to all political parties competing in the Tigrai election. Our able writer Aesop has a question and a word of wisdom you all must answer and heed.