Delight and Burden for TPLF
Yohannes Aberra, PhD
It was quite expected that TPLF would win the election. In spite of the fact that TPLF had acted disastrously by assigning its best to the Federal and its mediocre and less to Tigray, leaving the Region vulnerable, the noble people of Tigray swallowed their anger and disappointment and gave it a second chance to transform itself into a "TPLF proper". There is also another more glaring reason for the people of Tigray to give TPLF such a huge landslide. Much more than the days of the great famine of 1984-85, TPLF has with utmost determination and bravery protected the people of Tigray from the irrational threats coming from all compass directions. The votes were partly "votes of thanks" for TPLF.
By a landslide TPLF is loaded with a huge responsibility of leading the future. Thanks to Abiy, TPLF's great minds that were serving thanklessly in Federal positions have come to Tigray where they can apply their talents in the most appropriate context. They have the historic responsibility of restoring and more the great civilization that prevailed in the now sadly impoverished land. Make no mistakes! No nation is feared by the sophistication of its war arsenal; it is its economic power and social cohesion that blesses it with respect both from enemies and friends. It must be clear to everyone the relapse of what I dub as "the Derg-mood" in Tigray was caused by the deceptive sense of security felt after the military victory of 1991. History has shown with hundreds of examples that a military victory that lacks economic reinforcement is bound to fail resulting in a more brutal revenge from the vanquished.
The young but energetic parties that were elected with smaller number of votes should not lament their "failure". I say they have succeeded in becoming part of the historic election. We all must agree that the transition is a difficult one, which requires experience. For now, that strength lies in TPLF. The future is much longer than the past. Through time, exposure to problem solving within the context of the Regional Government the parties will mature enough to get more votes, even landslides in the future.