Jawar Departs Abiy Medemer Camp - The End of Color Revolution in Ethiopia?
The "Medemer" campaign is forcing Oromo Nationalists and Academics to rethink their political stand. Abiy and the Berhanu Nega group were certain they were going to bury Federalist forces with a simple populist slogan and the 'Mama Ethiopia' mantra. However, they have come to realize the Nation and Nationalities are not ready to give up their constitutional rights. Even Jawar is on record he will be willing to work with the TPLF to save the constitution and multinational federation!
With Jawar's departure from the Abiy camp, (Watch TV Tigrai Amharic News) the color revolution in Ethiopia is coming to an end for sure. We only hope it is not coming to an end the same way it has in other countries-with a catastrophic failure.
Kush Media: Drs Tsegaye and Hizkiel on Amhara Nationalism and Aggression and the role of Abiy. Oct 2019
EPRDF as a Coalition of Unequals - Will it Work?
The main reason EPRDF was formed was to coordinate the struggle against the then military regime and to establish a nationwide political party that represents the aspirations of majority Ethiopians. There was no illusion that OPDO/ODP nor ANDM/ADP were going to be the only representatives of the Oromo and Amhara people!
EPRDF was established with four equal parties not because all were equal then, but, because all four were on the same page with their political outlook.
Today, we are hearing a new EPRDF will be formed between unequal parties! If true, this is a flawed concept. To begin with, who is going to authenticate individual members of each organization that will be the basis of allocating the number of seats in the new EPRDF? We know OPDO has been saying it has over 6 million members but who will stop the TPLF and SDP from claiming they have 5 million members? Second, why would anyone join such a front that is established with the tyranny of the majority in mind?
If Ethiopia is to be saved let political parties compete freely in the coming election and let them form a coalition government of the majority. Anything else is a sure recipe for a disaster!
Towards Forming a More Perfect Union Geletaw Zeleke 10-21-19 - The preamble to the Constitution of the United States of America starts we the people of the United States in order to form a more perfect union and then go on to outline its foundational philosophies and values. This language emanates from an interest in making an indivisible compact between members and a covenant for groups...
TDA News for Oct 21, 2019 Frankfurt: 12 October 2019 - A successful meeting, which was attended by a large number of Tegarus coming from various parts of Europe, was convened in the presence of top officials of TDA such as Engineer Tadesse Yemane, board chairperson...
TMH: Getachew Reda on EPRDF Politics and Abiy Nobel Peace Prize - Oct 2019
TMH: Getachew Reda on EPRDF and Abiy Nobel Prize win. Oct 2019
Getachew explained why TPLF is not supporting Abyi's push to form the Ahadawi party and his take on Abiy's recent Nobel Prize win.
Egypt building secret tunnels to take water out of country, says Mohamed Ali The Egyptian government has laid secret tunnels under the Suez Canal to transport water to destinations almost certainly outside of Egypt despite the country's crippling shortage, whistleblower Mohamed Ali told Middle East Eye. "Engineers who worked on these tunnels told me about them and said they had cost billions of dollars," Ali told MEE from a secret location in Spain.
Setback for Abiy and his "Medemer" mantra!
After OPDO/ODP central committee members rejected his push to form a unitary party that would have undermined the current federalism, EPRDF is forced to issue a face-saving statement. In its statement, EPRDF chastizes the TPLF for starting the campaign to undermine the "Medemer" effort and acknowledges the federal structure, as well as the rights of Nations and Nationalities, will be respected. Medemer, for now, is dead!
All indications are the Oromo politicians are looking ahead to Abiy-less ODP and for a new coalition of federalist forces to form a majority government in Ethiopia. EPRDF, as we know it, may be dead but there is a slight chance the new coalition will retain most of the current EPRDF principles. The question is will it be ADP or TPLF that will be left out from the new coalition. If you recall ADP/ANDM has said in no uncertain term it will not accept the constitution as is!
Will Abiy Ahmed's Nobel Prize Tilt Ethiopia's Election? Western leaders long saw the authoritarian Meles Zenawi as an indispensable ally. Now, they’ve found a new hero in Abiy Ahmed. But is the Nobel Prize an effort to make amends or influence Ethiopia’s political future?
Despite the killing of thousands, the uprooting of millions and the horrendous ethnic strife, that has engulfed the country since Abiy assumed power, westerners(some people in the west!) still think Abiy has avoided bloodshed in Ethiopia! What color is blood to these people?
Ethiopia postpones autonomy referendum for ethnic Sidama ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - Ethiopia postponed by a week a referendum on self-determination for its ethnic Sidama community that would have created the country's 10th autonomous region. The new date for the vote is Nov. 20 instead of Nov. 13, the delay caused by referendum preparations lagging behind.
Why are Gulf countries so interested in the Horn of Africa? ACROSS THE Horn of Africa evidence is mounting that relations with Gulf countries are growing stronger. Last month representatives from Djibouti, Sudan and Somalia gathered in Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia, to discuss the creation of a new Red Sea security alliance. Three months earlier the prime ministers of Ethiopia and Eritrea signed a peace deal that Saudi Arabia helped to broker.