Amhara National Democratic Movement (ANDM) purged Bereket Simon and Tadesse Kassa from Central Committee membership, which is one of the key decision making body in the party.
Amhara National Democratic Movement (ANDM) purged Berket Simon (pictured right) and Tadesse Kassa (pictured left) from Central Committee Membership.
Owing to an amendment to existing party regulation, the two key members of ANDM central committee will no longer be allowed to even sit during a central committee meeting of the party.
The practice before amendment allows a long time central committee members to attend a meeting even if they do not have a voting privilege.
According to ANDM central committee, which held its regular meeting in the last two days, Bereket Simon and Tadesse Kassa will remain suspended from the central committee until the 12th party congress. And the central committee has concluded its meeting today, according to breaking news coverage by Amhara Mass Media Agency (AMMA).
Bereket Simon and Tadesse Kassa are suspended on grounds that the party believes they do not stand for or defend the interests of ethnic Amhara. It is widely believed that they are opposed to the ongoing reform and change in the country and allegedly working with forces interested in reversing the change.
They are also implicated in scandals TIRET, a “Charitable Endowment Corporate Organization” owned by Amhara regional state.
However, the party does not seem to reveal as to what exactly was the scandal.
ANDM central committee is said to have drafted agenda for the upcoming party congress and is expected to make fundamental changes including rebranding the party and changing, or at least adjusting, “revolutionary democracy” ideology, among other things.
Bereket Simon, who served as Federal Government Communication Minister and Advisor to the late Meles Zenawi, is an extremely unpopular figure in the region and he is believed to be a champion of Tigray People’s Liberation Front (Supremacy). He recently published a new book entitled “Ye Ethiopia Tinsae” which translates to The Renaissance.
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