Amhara Democratic Party Central Committee meeting on Saturday

Amhara Democratic Party kicks off central committee meeting. Agenda undisclosed but there is an anticipation of appointments for party and regional government positions, including new president of the regional state

Amhara Democratic Party _ Ethiopia
Amhara Democratic Party Executive Committee Members. Photo credit: AMMA

July 12, 2019

Amhara Democratic Party (ADP) Central Committee is meeting starting Saturday in Bahir Dar, the seat of the regional state in North Western Ethiopia, reported Amhara Mass Media Agency (AMMA) on Friday.

As to how long the meeting will last and what the agenda is for the meeting is undisclosed at this time.

ADP has lost four central committee members in connection with what the Regional and the Federal governments described as an “attempted coup d’état” on June 22 in Bahir Dar; three of them were also executive committee members of the party with senior regional government roles including president of the region.

And there is speculation that filling vacant administrative and party positions of ADP could be the main agenda for the central committee meeting which kicks off on Saturday.  If that is the case, chances are the person who would fill the position of slain president of the region, Dr. Ambachew Mekonnen, who would also be serving as vice-chair of the party could be known in a matter of days.

The Executive Committee of the Party had an emergency meeting on Thursday and issued a statement which is highly rated not just by supporters of the party but also by politicized Ethiopians who used to be a staunch critic of the party.

The statement was meant to be a response to the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) statement which wanted ADP to take responsibility for the killing of Ethiopian Chief of Staff, General Seare Mekonnen, and demand an apology from the Ethiopian people.

ADP said in its statement yesterday that TPLF’s accusation is meant for covering up for years of crimes. It also accused TPLF of being responsible for violence and conflict in the regions adjoining Amhara and Tigray regional states.

There are concerns that the ward of words between ADP and TPLF could put the ruling coalition, EPRDF, in jeopardy, and even lead to civil war. 

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