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Oromo and Amhara parties demand the end of Tigrians’ 21 years dominance

September 7, 2012

Ethiopia’s ruling party, Ethiopian People Democratic Front (EPRDF) has delayed the appointment of a new

Mr Hailemariam Desalegn as an acting prime minister

On August 21, in its meeting the Ministers’ Council (Cabinet) endorsed Mr Hailemariam Desalegn as an acting prime minister but in Tuesday’s meeting, the ruling party contradicted the earlier decision of the Cabinet.

party chief and prime minister.

EPRDF executive council members in their closed-door meeting on Tuesday disagreed on the election procedures for the appointment of new leader.

The delay posed unexpected internal political tension and power squabbling among the ruling elite. Late leader Meles Zenawi was died in hospital on August 20, 2012.

On August 21, in its meeting the Ministers’ Council (Cabinet) endorsed Mr Hailemariam Desalegn as an acting prime minister but in Tuesday’s meeting, the ruling party contradicted the earlier decision of the Cabinet.

The Cabinet has already announced Mr Hailemariam as an acting “prime minister” and he should be sworn by parliament.

But, the EPRDF executive council has called a new meeting scheduled for next week to elect a party chief and the prime minister, in a bigger party meeting.

“Within those who are in a struggle of a common goal, the instalment of leadership is an easy issue as it is simply assigning a comrade who would pay huge sacrifices… and rather the focus should be on our respective duties” a statement of the party reads.

In the coming session, the bigger leadership of 60 members of the EPRDF council will elect the party chief and prime minister of Ethiopia.

The late PM Meles was also the chairman of the ruling party and chairman of EPRDF as well as Tigrian People Liberation Front (TPLF) one of the four coalition members of EPRDF.

Close party sources said the appointment of Mr Hailemariam is crucial for the unity of Ethiopian powerful ruling party, which has more than five million members.

“He will be the next prime minister of the country , no doubt on that. We were in concensus-building and most of the debates were procedural than political differences’’ party officials told the Nation.

“I don’t agree with the media speculations about EPRDF division on appointment of the new leader. We are strong and united than ever” he added.

Further delay of naming Mr Hailemariam party chief exposed the growing internal power struggle  among the four ethnic based members of the ruling party coalition: Amhara, Tigray, Oromo and Southern people.

The oldest and most powerful member of the coalition and core party of the late Meles, the Tigrian People Liberation Front (TPLF) is in a defensive position to maintain its 21 years security and economic dominance.

Mr Hailemariam represents southern part of the country and was promoted in 2010 by the late Meles who is from the small Wolyta ethnic group.

Oromo and Amhara parties of the ruling party demand the end of Tigrians’ 21 years dominance in politics.

After EPRDF endorses its candidate for premiership,  parliament will install the new leader.

Source: Daily Nation

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9 Responses to Oromo and Amhara parties demand the end of Tigrians’ 21 years dominance

  1. BEAHILU

    September 12, 2012 at 7:53 am

    IT IS MADNESS THAT IS GOING ON IN ETHIOPIA, PRISDONED IN EGO TRAINED AND LEAD BY THE MAD DOG MELESE, THEY ARE IN THE STATE OF MADNESS, THEY CAN´T SEE REALITY AND THE TRUTH, THEY ARE BLIND WITH OUT CONSCIOUS, THEY CAN´T REASION, AND THINK ONLY WITH THEIR BELLY, STOMACH, THEY SEEM TO EXIST BUT THEY ARE AN ILLUSSION.

    DEL LE EWNTE ETHIOPIA
    LET THE TRUTH PREVAIL
    FASTING IS THE KEY TO HEAVEN

    FREEDOM, FREEDOM, FREEDOM

  2. Askale Dama

    September 7, 2012 at 7:28 pm

    Yes, Robele. Now the task is to create a psychological unity on these core forms of action both vertically and horizontally. We the opposition intellectuals need to speak one language and align our language with the activities of the people on the ground. The task is also to communicate this language among the multitiudes of organizations and movements all over the land. If EPRDF wants this whole thing to be concluded peacefully, it can initiate the process right at this moment. When it does so, our leaders will join them. Until then, the Ethiopian people as one group must organize their freedom, their uprisings. Thank you.

  3. Robele Ababya

    September 7, 2012 at 4:32 pm

    I almost entirely agree with the respectful comments made above. Forcing the TPLF to surrender by popular demand in a massive civil uprising is the best option followed by armed struggle on standby

  4. Boss

    September 7, 2012 at 3:56 pm

    Tigreans are never trustworthy of anything let alone a country,

  5. dammtew

    September 7, 2012 at 3:05 pm

    The woyane gujile has survived for so long by portraying the amhara as the enemy of the people and by trying to incite ethnic genocide on the amhara. To a point the woyane gujile have succeeded in this. The meles and the woyane gujile have aphobia against the amhara, so they have to assign themselves as leaders of the amhara under the desguise of ANDM which Bereket simon is a chairman of. This organisation is full of eritreans and tigre gujile who have no drop of blood of amhara in their veins.

    It is the same for the other ethnic based organisations, they have a name which sound like representing that ethnic group but are run by opportunists hand picked by the woyane gujile. these organisations have been tools of oppression and division used by TPLF doing meles’s bidding.

    Now the chief serpent zenawi is dead and buried, whom do these ethnic cadres fear. will they prefer to continue to live in shame and slander or will they have the spine to look at their position and say enough is enough.

  6. Askale Dama

    September 7, 2012 at 9:40 am

    As the saying goes, a bad theory is rectified by a good practice. Last night. two leaders of Ginbot 7 told us that they organizing hard to persuade the regime to change or to move it by popular uprising or some other means. This is music to my ears. Essentially, there 4 ways of moving forward – (1) EPRDF calls for an all inclusive conference (not political tricks of the Ephriem Yisak type), (2) EPRDF is persuaded by the pressure of the opposition (civil disobediance) to sit for a negotiation, (3) It is forced to disband or negotiate by the pressure of popular uprisings, (4) and/or it is defeated by means of Armed struggles. Of the four, the 1st outcome is least likely. Woyane & co has no reason, moral capacity, or foresight to willingly call for serious democratic transition. It is about power, money, self-preservation, and keepimh what have amassed over the 21 years of rule. I want to be wishful, but i choose not be so naive as to fit Meles’s category of ‘idiots’. Histroy will witness the correctness of Ginbot 7′s assessment.

  7. Inku

    September 7, 2012 at 6:54 am

    Now,members of EPRDF minus (TPLF) should say “we are human”.you are representing Oromo and Amhara and others.Please say we are human,and demand equality.End TPLF’s mercenary group dominance over Ethiopia.

  8. New day

    September 7, 2012 at 2:25 am

    Whether they like it or not;

    21 year by any account too long, we can’t continue debating how and when we have to come to a decision. Ethiopia for Ethiopians no more divide and cling in power. The tigreyan should understand while it’s ok for them to stay in power it’s not for the rest of Ethiopians.

    Ethiopian are demanding democratic election even mengistu did not stay in power over 17 years. It’s just not acceptable unless we’re leading another war.

    tigres it’s time to examine your head