Shieferaw Shigute announced today that he is resigning as chairman of Southern Ethiopian People’s Democratic Movement (SEPDM).
He tendered his resignation letter to the central committee of the organization which is undertaking an emergency meeting and it is confirmed that the central committee accepted his request to resign. Shiferaw is also resigning from the executive committee of the organization but vowed to struggle from within the central committee.
Shiferaw Shigute was elevated as chairman of SEPDM following the resignation of former prime minister Hailemariam Desalegne in the run to chairmanship position of the ruling coalition, Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF). The practice in the ruling coalition is that whoever becomes chairman of the ruling coalition becomes prime minister. Shiferaw was TPLF favorite during the election within the ruling coalition but lost the election to Abiy Ahmed who turned out to be a popular reformist leader.
Why Shiferaw resigned
Shiferaw said he resigned in support of the reform measures in the country which needs, in his words, new leadership.
However, he could not hide that his resignation has also something to do with the recent ethnic based violence in the region which claimed at least fifteen civilians while hundreds more sustained wounds. Tens of thousands of people were also displaced. And he resigned, he says, because the violence happened during his leadership. He stated that ethnic violence happened not only in the administrative structure but also descended to the population as well.
There seem to be a belief among Ethiopians that Shiferaw Shigute plotted with TPLF leaders to manufacture the conflict in the region he was leading – Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples’ Region.
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