Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) started its 13th organizational congress in Mekele, Tigray regional state capital, today. Representatives of “sister organizations” from within the ruling coalition (EPRDF) and representatives from Chinese Communist Party attended the opening ceremony.
Debretsion Gebremichael made an opening speech. He “hopes that the Congress will pass a decision that is in the interest of the country and the region,” as cited by Fana Broadcasting Corporation (FBC).
Asked if TPLF will change its name, like the rest of the organizations, Debretsion replied that there is no reason to do that and the “name works; no problem with it.”
The party intends to elect new leadership and help young people hold leadership positions in the party.
Tackling good governance challenges and fighting poverty are among the top agenda for the struggle for the party, according to Debretsion Gebremichael.
Fana Broadcasting also cited Debretsion as saying “…people in the rural and urban area are getting out of poverty and backwardness and attaining a better living standard.” And the motto of the struggle, the chairman says, is not only getting people out of poverty but also to create a country rich with science and technology
In terms of the existing political condition in Ethiopia, Debretsion Gebremichael thinks that “citizen’s right is violated and there is a need to fight forces that incite violence between ethnic groups.” The other problem he sees is that “the constitution is being eroded by forces within the country and from abroad.”
Tigray People Liberation Front (TPLF) waged a 17 years guerrilla war against the military government of Colonel Mengistu Hailemariam. In 1991, took power in Addis Ababa leading the umbrella coalition organization that it crafted and dominated Ethiopian politics for 27 years.
Most Ethiopians believe that the party has looted the country so much so that Ethiopia has lost tens of billions of dollars.The party’s parastatals alone are worth well over $6 billion dollars. The party is also criticized for ruthless rule and for entrenching ethnic politics in Ethiopia as a means to maintain a hold on power, as many Ethiopians seem to believe.
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