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Amhara Democratic Party leader says “no division within the party”

Chairman of Amhara Democratic Party said “attempt to restore hegemony” description attached to what government calls “coup attempt” is intended to perpetuate oppressor-oppressed narrative.

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Deputy Prime Minister and leader of Amhara Democratic Party, Demeke Mekonen. Photo : FBC

July 8, 2019

Ato Demeke Mekonnen, Leader of Amhara Democratic Party (ADP), dismissed rumors of division within the party following the killings of three top party officials in Bahir Dar, the seat of Amhara regional state, on June 22, 2019, according to Ethiopian News Agency (ENA) report on Monday.

The Amhara Regional State itself has issued a statement on Monday dismissing the rumor of division as the “works of long arms of enemy forces.” 

Amhara regional state and ADP party structures are carrying out their regular functions, Demeke told local journalists during a press conference on Monday.

While describing the June 22, incident in Bahir Dar, as “an effort to topple the regional government and take power through a shortcut,” he remarked that the narrative that depicts the incident as an “an attempt to restore hegemony” by individuals and some media outlets as an interest to ensure the continuity of the flawed “oppressor-oppressed” political narrative and that it needs to be corrected, according to a report by Amhara Mass Media Agency (AMMA).  

The narrative about restoring the so-called “Amhara hegemony” was also amplified from overseas by foreigners. Among others, Former United States’ assistant secretary of state for Africa, Mr. Herman Cohen, passionately remarked about the incident in his tweet on June 24, 2019 : “Failed coup in #Ethiopia‘s Amhara state was an attempt by ethnic nationalists to restore Amhara hegemony over all of Ethiopia that existed for several centuries prior to 1991. That dream is now permanently dead.”

Demeke claimed that people’s activities in the region are now peaceful and people should not be diverted with malicious agenda that individuals create.

ADP’s chairman and Deputy Prime Minister, Demeke, also said that suspects in connection with the June 22 incident are arrested and the task is entirely carried out by the region’s security forces. However, he did not deny that Federal authorities are involved in the investigation process based on constitutional power.

However, he denied that no individual with a dissenting political view is detained with the pretext of arrested suspects. 

His remark in that regard seems to stand in sharp contrast with the claims of some activists and opposition political forces like the National Movement of Amhara (NaMA) who claim that government (apparently the Federal one which is increasingly being linked to Oromo Democratic Party which in turn is believed to be under total influence of radical Oromo ethno-nationalists) is exploiting the incident to weaken and attack Amhara organizations and individuals.

Meanwhile, Demeke disclosed that ADP is working on the task of replacing leaders who were killed on June 22, 2019.

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  1. National movement of Amara ( NAMA) was suspected of trying to start fight between the two brotherly Amara and Oromo people when NAMA held a public rally in Debre Berhan.

    The arrest of the NAMA , BALADERA , JOURNALISTS , ADDIS ABABA ACTIVISTS , other armed vigilantes , FANO , AALF was planned to take place before the Coup was attempted. Many are saying the “COUP” drama was part of this scandalous plan to mass criminalize Ethiopians who are not jihadists currently considered as a threat to implement Sheriya law with Oromo hegemony.

  2. It is common normal thing for EPRP (IHAPA) to see leaders get killed , since many IHAPA (EPRP) leaders had been killed time and time again for lingtime


    Welkait’s invasion had went on for decades, almost since EPRP ( IHAPA) got to power in Amara in 1991.

    EPRP first changed its name to Ethiopian People’s Democratic Movement (EPDM) , then again it changed its name to AMARA NATIONAL DEMICRATIC MOVEMENT (ANDM) , then once again it changed its name to AMARA DEMOCRATIC MOVEMENT ( ADP)

    EPRP , EPDM , ANDM OR ADP (who are all same people) didn’t confront TPLF on Welkait and Raya issue because TPLF is EPRP too.


  3. So what!
    Amhara should not be condemned for attempting to grab power. Why does the current Amhara generation need to feel ashamed for the past misdoings of their fathers.

  4. Amhara Democratic party vows the TPLF toxic announcement.the tplf wants to separate Amhara people and reconqure the next 27 years.This is illusion because the game is over 2010 E.c .even if the today leadership is not as such believable by Amahara peoples the Amhara not frustrate to TPLF political infection.


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