September 14, 2012
by Tsinat Haile
TPLF moved up the meeting of the council of its facade assemblage it calls EPRDF from Sept 16, 2012 it initially announced to Sept 14-15, 2012. It is not clear what prompted the rescheduling of the meeting but one possible reason cited is the mounting international pressure to name Meles’ successor.
The uncertainties that have engulfed the country for over three months following the disappearance and then the announcement of the death of dictator Meles has brought the economic activities to a grinding halt. The hitherto wish-washy handling of the post-Meles period by the TPLF has only made matters worse. The TPLF has been marred by making one wobbly decision one day only to rescind it the following day. TPLF’s calling of its rubberstamp parliament into session to swear-in HD as the acting PM only to cancel it altogether the following day not only illustrates very well their hitherto handling of issues and despicable performance but it is also a glimpse into the future.
The failure of the TPLF to come up with a compromise candidate to fill up Meles’ position and their leaving of such an important office vacant for so long shows that the dunderheads in the TPLF are incapable of grasping and fathoming the repercussions of such reckless actions on the country in general and its economy in particular. It only underscores once again how arrogant, incompetent and irresponsible the TPLF leadership is.
Dictator Meles’ reckless monetary policies along with the shortage of products in the country have resulted in the skyrocketing unbridled inflation and have made the basic commodities beyond the reach of the average people. The Ethiopian people, at least by far the overwhelming majority, are not living but are desperately attempting to cling to life through adapting to the ever changing situations in everyway they can in order to survive. The foreign currency reserves of the country are at an alarmingly low level and banks have ceased to issue letters of credit to importers. The donor and loaner nations and institutions are on a “wait-and-see” mode. They do not seem to be ready to open up their purses any time soon at least until the clouds of uncertainties clear to their respective satisfactions.
The ball is now squarely in the TPLF’s court. The first major move the TPLF will make in the next couple of days is viewed as a clear indication of where it wants to go. All the stakeholders in the country are waiting for the TPLF’s move in order to calibrate their own next move.
Below is the news clip from one of the TPLF’s mouthpieces – ENA
P.S. The clip is confusing as to which body of the facade (EPRDF) is holding the meeting. First it mentions the council. In the next line it reads the EC of the council which is the EC of the facade. Pick your chioce.
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