The deafening noise, the irritating chatter, the incoherent hate induced mumbo jambo of an "illegal election" in Tigray has suddenly been silenced by no other than over two million people with only a ballot card in the right hands. The success of the election may just be the first step in the march towards mature democracy. However, any first bold step towards a noble end is counted as half of the job done.
We celebrate the election not because it is perfect but because it is the granite foundation for the building of a democratic culture in the future. As we celebrate the determination and discipline of the people with a vision of a bright future we regret that those parties which did not participate in the elections have lost the challenges and pleasures from the maiden election which will be remembered and observed for many years to come.
This is a people's election. It is a huge insult for the millions of voters, who know what freedom means not from theory but from practice, to refer to them as passive actors in the TPLF "drama of democratization" in Tigray. TPLF has only yielded to the people's demand for more democracy in Tigray. It was not TPLF that ordered the people to vote against their will; but it was the people who ordered TPLF to hold a more participatory election. If there is anyone to be "accused" for the election it is only the people of Tigray. Parties can go wrong, but entire people never!
As we celebrate the leadership, which did not flinch as it has become a tradition against those who want to impose their will on the people, we have to keep in mind that the future is tougher than the past and the present. The election is a means not an end. Difficult days are ahead of us. Patience, perseverance, knowledge and skill to be innovative are needed for a straight walk on the tortuous path into the future. The elected parties must celebrate with a heavy burden on their shoulders about how they can deliver the people from ages old poverty amd marginalization. The sustainable development of Tigray has a number of complex environmental, economic, social and geopolitical challenges. It is crucial to handle such issues with wisdom and farsightedness. The elected leaders must avoid hasty reactions to provocations, which are intended to demoralize and paralyze.
We don't know what would happen if the Federal Government outlaws the newly elected government in Tigray. The most preferred scenario is that the Federal Government gives priority to National harmony rather than to egos and the unhelpful feelings of defeat. By electing the people Tigray did not defeat the Federal Government or the rest of Ethiopia. They simply have chosen their leaders, nothing more nothing less. Taking the election in Tigray into breathless heights and inflating it to near explosion is incompatible to what has just happened. If the push goes into a shove Tigray has to walk like the camel...
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