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EPRDF responds to Sebhat Nega’s derogatory political remark

Sebhat Nega thinks that EPRDF is abandoning Revolutionary Democracy and Principles of Democratic Developmental State

Sebhat Nega _ EPRDF
Sebhat Nega (SM)

January 3,2019

Sebhat Nega, a co-founder of Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) – a party that was established in the mid or late 70’s, has essentially dominated the organizations’ politics nearly four decades as an ideologue and a king maker.

Sources who claim to be insider to TPLF even attribute the rise to power of the late Meles Zenawi within TPLF to Sebhat Nega.
Since TPLF was dominant over the ruling coalition, Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF), until it lost it following what looked like a stiff resistance from a coalition within the ruling coalition, Sebhat was rather seen as one of the most influential figure within the ruling coalition even at a time when he was no longer EPRDF executive committee which is composed of 36 members drawn from four ethnic parties that constitute the coalition.

Outside of his party, he is known for his offensive political remarks. Some of his remarks even sound like ethnic slurs.

Now in his mid 80’s and mostly confined to Mekele, the capital of Tigray regional state, following what many observers say is the political defeat of TPLF within the ruling coalition that ushered to the emergency of new leadership in the party, he is making negative remarks about coalition itself.

Erstwhile, he tend to paint an image of EPRDF (when TPLF was ruling in the name of it) that is wise and invincible that stood the tests of time and with a capability to renew itself.

Yesterday, he had an interview with VOA Amharic reporter in Tigray and he says that “he is does not know as to who is leading EPRDF. He does not know if EPRDF is alive or not.” He added that he is not sure about it and wants to leave it with a question mark, rather.

Obviously, he did not mean that he doesn’t know that the ruling coalition executive committee elected Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed as chairman of the ruling coalition.

It was apparently his way of trashing the current leadership one grounds of policy changes since Abiy Ahmed took over power.

The party’s public relation head, Sadat Nasha, reminded the former TPLF master that the ongoing reform measures in the country are based on decision from the party’s high ranking body.

Sebhat Nega’s response? “We [EPRDF] did not say let us change revolutionary democracy [ideology]. We did not say let us change Democratic Developmental State principles; Democratic Developmental State brought about astonishing victory to Ethiopia and the World has witnessed it.”

Mr. Sadat does not buy the argument that EPRDF has ignored the principle. “As things stand now,” he said, “no one has abandoned Democratic Developmental State. Both democracy and development are necessary.”

Regarding the ideology, Mr. Sadat claimed “we did not uphold revolutionary democracy [as an ideology],” which sounds inaccurate, to say the least, given the history of the ruling party in the past 27 seven years.
What political pundits argue, however, is that the experiences of the past 27 years in terms of ideology brought about political mess in the country and that the party need to throw away its nonfunctional ideology to the dust bin of history and come up with something relevant for the new generation – something that is considerate of objective realities locally and at a global level as well.

“Not only that EPRDF is alive but also it is leading the country and enjoying support from the public, ” said Mr. Sadat in response to Sebhat’s political ridicule that “he does not know if EPRDF is alive or not.”

For Mr. Sadat, it is perhaps a product of the thinking that “EPRDF will be weakened if I [seemingly a reference to Sebhat] am not part of it”

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  1. he is our hero who liberate Ethiopia from cannibal derge regime . Abiy will die soon and all his fans will undergo the same transformation ; from existence to extinction, inexistence. I put it just in a simple terms so that plagiarised dr like abiy and his inmates could understand it easily . I mean like juwar and other radical tribalist and cannibal. We will soon destroy amhara and fake leaders acting as emperors in in this modern day

  2. This brutal old man is going senile induced by his own killing spree what do you to an old dog barks incessantly? give him an old bone to chew the marrow and hope he shuts up and sooer join his master Melles so that we can sing another bite to dust!!

  3. TPLF is our foundation, you cannot be shamed for your mother becaues she has scared when she save you during infancy, while fire is toward burned you inside house. TPLF will still alive. ViVA TFLF. VIVA Dr Debretsion

  4. TPLF was slowly dying due its own inaction and lack of discipline within the party,especially after the late Meles Zenawi. But now it is going to its funeral fast as Dr Debretsion does not have the intellect and tact to save it. They seem still to think the old ways; now we are in the 21st century and you cannot talk about barbaric actions from your past. I would like to ask people of Tigray to bury TPLF and come up with a new party led by young tigrayans with modern thinking. Going to war and fight the 94% Ethiopians, cessation etc. all empty bluff that do not make any sense to any sensible person. TPLF leadership should deflate their ego and join the new party to be established soon. Gone is gone for good.

  5. Quote: “EPRDF responds to Sebhat Nega’s derogatory political remark Sebhat Nega thinks that EPRDF is abandoning Revolutionary Democracy and Principles of Democratic Developmental State, borkena, January 3,2019” UNQUOTE

    EPRDF, TPLF, ABCF, XYZF etc…….!!!! What would be the point?
    What is the benefit for the ordinary people of Tigrai who are struggling from day to day to make ends meet in their existence? YES, “existence” against “living”.
    Why do the commoners of Tigrai have to suffer for the benefit of a few intellectuals? Why? Why? Why?
    Indeed, why do ordinary AFRICANS have to suffer for the benefit of individual dictatorial self-appointed Africans? The AFRICAN PEOPLE have suffered under foreign colonialism for seemingly time immemorial. Why do they have to suffer under their own BRETHREN of Flesh and Blood? Why? Why? Why? THE END

  6. The Tigrai elite are only interested in one thing..more money for themselves…
    Dr Abiy it is time to rescue US, the ordinary people of Tigrai from our selfish TPLF oppresors.


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