Ethiopia’s ruling coalition EPRDF approved merger, now a united national party

Ruling coalition in Ethiopia is now morphed into a single united national party. It will re-brand itself as Ethiopian Prosperity Party(EPP).TPLF voted against it which means that it will not be part of it.

Ruling coalition _ Ethiopian Prosperity Party _ EPRDF
Picture from the ruling coalition’s executive committee meeting on Saturday November 15,2019.

borkena
November 16, 2019

Ethiopia’s ruling coalition, Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF), has made a landmark decision on Saturday closing one long chapter in the history of the organization and opening a new one.

The coalition was formed sometime in 1988 as a leftist organization based on “revolutionary democracy” under the leadership of Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) towards the end of decades-old armed struggle against colonel Mengistu Hailemariam’s administration.

Until April 2018, that is the time when Abiy Ahmed from what was then called Oromo People’s Democratic Organization (OPDO) became prime minister, TPLF dominated Federal government meddled with the affairs of other regional states organized on the basis of ethnicity. 

It was soon after Abiy Ahmed became prime minister that the ruling coalition, which constitute four ethic parties, began to discuss transforming the coalition into a single united party – an idea that was raised during the organizational conferences and shelved indefinitely.  

Today, the coalition has made the final decision and it will no longer be a coalition party but a united single party. 

It was the executive committee of the coalition that passed the decision. According to a report by state affiliated Fana Broadcasting Corporation (FBC), majority of the executive members voted in favour of ending coalition era which was marked by deepening  division among Ethiopians along ethnic lines. Especially in the past three years, ethnic based violence became prevalent to a point where citizen’s right to work and live in different parts of the country became risky. Thousands were killed and millions of people were internally displaced. 

Fekadu Tesema, a member of the executive committee member, told state media Ethiopian Broadcasting Corporation that the executive committee meeting discussed issues that need attention under the new arrangement. Strengthening the federal system and developing administrative system while maintaining language diversity, ethnic identity and national identity were among the top agenda in the executive committee meeting. 

The executive committee is expected to discuss draft party program starting tomorrow, according to a report by Fana Broadcasting Corporation. 

Only six members of the executive committee members of the ruling coalition voted against the proposal to transform the  organization’s existence into a single united national party – which is poised to be named as, according to information from insiders, Ethiopian Prosperity Party (EPP). 

The six members executive committee who voted against the proposal are from TPLF. And it did not come as a surprise since TPLF has issued a statement sometime in October claiming that the decision to transform the coalition into a single party would trigger disintegration of the country. 

On the other hand, Four other parties that have been described as “agar” (sister parries) see the decision as a move in the right direction for the previous arrangement was discriminatory. 

Parties governing Afar region, Benishangul region, Gambella region and Somali region of Ethiopia were considered as part of the ruling coalition, EPRDF, but they did not have voting privileges and did not have membership in the executive committee and central committee which means that they was no possibly for leaders from these parties to hold the highest office in the country.   But that ends with the end of the coalition. It is a new chapter for the ruling party , and perhaps to Ethiopia too.



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11 Responses to "Ethiopia’s ruling coalition EPRDF approved merger, now a united national party"

  1. minas   November 17, 2019 at 1:23 am

    Let us hope this is true union and not another ethnic fascist control of the country as tplf did. If you ask me, it is just like when Aby came to power, it is too good to be true. Jawar has his own agenda, he is already going to participate means, he is going to create Oromo domination dictatroship but his true agenda behind is Salafism/Islamic.

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  2. ብሩክ   November 17, 2019 at 1:14 pm

    የአዲስ አበባ ከተማ አስተዳደር የባለሀብቶች ፎረም ከመሬት፣ ከመሠረተ ልማትና ከፋይናንስ ጋር የተያያዙ ጥያቄዎች ሲነሱ፣ ከባለድርሻ አካላት ጋር ተነጋግሮ መፍትሔ ለመስጠት፣ የአዲስ አበባ ከተማ አስተዳደር ባለሀብቶች ውጤታማ ተግባር እንዲያከናውኑ እንደሚያስችላቸው፣ የሚነሱ ጥያቄዎችን በተናጠል ከመመለስ ይልቅ በተደራጀ መንገድ ለማስተናገድና ፍላጎታቸውን በማሟላት አሠራሩን የተሻለ እንደሚያደርገው ተገልጿል እስከዚያ ከመንቀሳቀስ የባለሀብቶች መደራጀት ጠቃሚ መሆኑ ሕገወጥ ኢንቨስትመንትን በማስቀረት ወደ ሕጋዊ መንገድ ለማምጣት የውጭ ምንዛሪ ለማሻሻል ከፍተኛ አስተዋጽኦ እንዳለውም በአዲስ አበባ ከተማ አስተዳደር የኢንቨስትመንት ኮሚሽን ፈቃድ የወሰዱ ከ48,000 በላይ ባለሀብቶች የፌዴራል መንግሥት በክልሎች የሚዘረጋቸውን የመሠረተ ልማት አውታሮች ፍትሐዊ ሥርጭት የሚከታተል ኮሚሽን የሚያቋቁም ከአራት ቢሊዮን ዶላር በላይ ወጪ የተፈጥሮ ጋዝ ማስተላለፊያ መስመር ለመዘርጋት የሚያስችለው የአዲስ አበባ ከተማ አስተዳደር የባለሀብቶች ፎረም የቴሌኮም ዘርፉን የሚቀላቀሉ ሁለት ኩባንያዎች የዘመናዊ ስናይፐር የጦር መሣሪያ ተጓዳኝ ዕቃዎች እንደሚሰጣቸው በእነ አቶ ጌታቸው አሰፋ መዝገብ ለምስክርነት የተቆጠሩ 30 ምስክሮች ታስረው እንዲቀርቡ የፌዴሬሽን ምክር ቤት ሲያወዛግብ የቆየውን አስገዳጅ የሰበር ውሳኔ አሳለፈ::

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  3. lulu   November 17, 2019 at 1:50 pm

    Stop mefendeking! Planu merg yadirgu ayadirgu minim yemitawkut neger yelem! Ahunim tplfoch akorefu bemalet tifenedekalachihu. Wetetun yeminayew 5 amet behuala. Yihe be alme meriwoch yetakede ityopian aferarso be Nesawchiwoch ashkeroch eyetefetseme niw. Ahununu Tigrayans, Amaras, Oromos, Debub ej le ej teyayzew Ehadegen (Nesawchiwochin Maskom niw) minim guarantee yelehim wist lewist min eyetederege yalew. ene team lema yetegededu nachew, Jawar ke Nesawchiwochu gar eyesera Oromian lemegentel siltan tesetew. Min lewt ale? yeteleyaye sirawochin bemesrat tiru neger yemesil hezben lamenkelafat niw tiru neger yimetal bemalet. Tplf Tigrayan ende Somaliland defacto governemet eyaderege niw. Oromia be Jawar wist yeketilal. minim lewt yelem. Sidama Dububen giza ketebale eras gezi yihonal. Wanaw alamaw Afrika Kend Hibret lemakuakuam niw, integrated agerat: Somaliland, Somali, Debub, Oromia, Afar, Djibouti, Amara, Tigray, Eritrea. Afrika Kend Hibret yemimeraw be veteranochu Isayas/Sebahat Nega niw, lijochachew already siltanun lemewsed eyetezegaju niw, i.e ye Isayas lij, Abraham.

    Ityopian lemafres guaranteew, Jawar niw lezih niw tilik siltan yemisetew yemitebekew. diasporaw yemote dekama niw, america jawar meto behig enditeyek yamayaderg dekama niw. ye Ityoopian mahbereseboch ityopia wistim hone Diasporaw erakutun, erkanun niw yaskerut anu eyetaye, sebawiwen, hulemenawin endaynkesakes paralyzed niw yehonew. Ezema becha Ityopia yemil yimeslal, minalbat tesfa beza linor yichilal, gin ewnet ajendawun yawkalu wey yemengist/Nesawchiowh alama? Aby ityopian hezb enkilf lemastegnat Ezeman yizual, behuala tetekmewibachew ende tplf yasruachewal weyem kager yewetalu. Ezema Isayasin amno endayhon ena endalsik, Isayas, betam trained yetederege dingai yemiyasamin niw. Manignawem kalkidan yemiyafers niw, yesu alama Ityopia aydelem! Ezema eyetshewede niw. Minim guarantee Ezema yelewim ye ityopia menor alemenor especially ityopian yemetlat track record yalew Isayas niw. Isayas yemitebaberew ke Aby/Ezema kewist Tigray wist yemaywedewin meriwochin ityopia negn yemilutin Tigrayochin “agame” bemalet lemasweged bicha niw enji, Sebhat Nega wedaju niw. Kezas, Tplf kaferesu behualas? Weys yezih merger witete, tplfen yaswetal, Tigrayen defacto ager ende Somaliland liyaderg yichilal. Le Isayas ajenda alew, Aby/ezemawoch beItyopia ayn yemayet bicha silehone, Tplf megelel Tigrayenem yagelal? bezih 3 wer wist aand neger yikesetal, wey Tigrayoch tplfen yabariralu, wey tplf Tigrayen asamiro defacto ager hono yinoral, huletegna neger niw alamaw. Yih likeset yemichilew, Oromiam ende ager kehonech niw. Isayas ityopia wist yegebaw Oromian ager lemadreg niw. Ahun merg minamin eyalu yemichawetut, eyemokakeru niw endet bilew ityopian lemekorares. ke Somalia yasgeut al-shababoch eskeza hezbun eyegedelu distract yadergilachewal. Aby laytamen yichilal ke isayas gar betam kirbet alew, Lema’s min yasibal? Lezih niw Amrawen lemastegnat , isaysa tolo bilo amara ena ertra weyanen yatfa yilalu gin andim initiative yelem. wishetun niw isaayas emenun! Bahun gize Shabia Oromowochin eyalemamedu niw endet ras gez lemadreg. silezih unles ye ityopia hail kelai eske tach kaltenkesakese, berasu, Aby minamin distraction nachew, yemifeligutinim sayhon, yetazezutin niw yemiserut.

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  4. EMAMela   November 17, 2019 at 1:55 pm

    EPRDF excluding TPLF out is giving more reasons for TPLF bourgeoisies asylum claims in the west.

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  5. Abeshaw   November 17, 2019 at 4:10 pm

    Small step but good step!

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  6. terbas   November 17, 2019 at 7:00 pm

    It’s scary because neftegna is taking control and it’s the same oppressed people who will continue lamenting instead of standing up for their right. It’s good if this is a fabricated news by neftegna. Otherwise, it’s back to square one. Those who want to infiltrate the weaker regions will be unleashed and will start kicking as.. soon. If that’s what everybody wants good luck.

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  7. ZAKI G. ABRAHIM   November 17, 2019 at 8:40 pm

    You did not mention Harar state. Why?

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  8. ZAK   November 17, 2019 at 8:40 pm

    You did not mention Harar state. Why?

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  9. Good yet Reservation   November 18, 2019 at 1:36 pm

    The idea sounds good but we have to see it in action. Hopefully this will not be repeating the same mistake as the previous hopes, talks and promises that ended up in total despair in PM Abiy and EPRDF.

    We have to take this with reservation because Jawar is not charged with crime nor restrained yet from spreading his Salafism/Al-habab Islamic hate speech against Christians and Ethiopians.
    He is already taking about Somalia ports being exploited for fishing by Vietnam if it is his business instead of addressing problems in Ethiopia!!!

    In his most recent exposed campaign speech his aim is to install Salafism/ Al-shabab Islamic type regime by working with Somalia government. His hidden agenda is to establish and separate Islam Oromo that will be part of Somalia and how to extort money from the faithful fasting Orthodox Christian by forcing them to buy fish that came through Somalia ports.

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  10. Peter Ruon   November 18, 2019 at 4:23 pm

    It seems like it’s good for marginalized four regions as i think it will give them a chance to participate equally in all political activities in all levels of government. As a one from marginalized region, i support newly formed party (EPP)

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  11. minas   November 18, 2019 at 11:42 pm

    Do not believe anything. In fact what has changed really from TPLF? They are just maneuvering things! Either team Lemma is controlled or Aby is working hand in hand with Shabia/jawar/their masters. Jawar has dared to come to U.S and hold meetings with comfort. He doesn’t seem to care one bit. Where is this arrogance coming from? He doesn’t seem affected at all! He must know that Ethiopians are weak and will not do a damn thing either here in Daispora or in Ethiopia, that is why. The train has gone folks. There is a coordinated agenda to ethnic cleanse Ethiopians and form Horn of Africa Union and while Aby is making us snooz, Jawar is doing the work on the ground. Whether we like it or not, some Amara for survival reason are no longer talking about Ethiopiia. We are all responsible. So swallow your pride and accept the consequences. Her true children Ethiopians do not know what to do. The rug is being pulled from their feet even as we speak.

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