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SEPDM 10th congress underway in Hawassa

Concert for continuity of change seems in the air as SEPDM 10th congress is underway

SEPDM 10th Congress
Photo : EBC

September 28,2018

South Ethiopian People’s Democratic Movement (SEPDM) started its 10th organizational congress in Hawassa today. It is expected to be finalized in four days.

Muferiat Kamil, Chairman of the organization and Speaker of the Federal Parliament, made an opening speech.

“It makes the congress historic it happened at a time we entered to an in-depth revitalization stage to overcome challenges that have been piling up from time to time while there is a concern to ensure its continuity[of change],” Meferiat is cited as saying by Ethiopian Broadcasting Corporation.

President of the region, Million Matheos, on his part, said, “…since people are owners of the unfolding changes in our country, it is important that we work together to make the effort to build democracy a reality.”

Representatives of other member parties within the ruling coalition have also attended the opening ceremony of the congress and conveyed messages for their respective parties.

As in all other parties within Ethiopian Peoples’ Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF), SEPDM is expected to bring many young leaders to the front as part of the effort to ensure continuity of the change. On the contrary, leaders who served for a long time in the party are expected to step aside “with honor.”

Unlike the rest of ethnic-based federal states, Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples’ Region constitute of a multi-ethnic region and is seen as a truly Ethiopian region, as noted by Muferiat in her opening speech.

Yet, there has been a reported wrangle within the party for many months now between those who support the reformist administration of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and those who are loyal to the old masters – Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF).

TPLF is still said to have a strong presence in the party and there is a possibility for the party to break up, according to some analysts like Ermias Legesse who used to be an insider in the EPRDF government.

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