Getachew Reda seeks a televised meeting with EPRDF leadership

Lump in his throat during an interview with Tigray Media House, Getachew Reda said he is even unable to move freely in Addis Ababa, capital of Ethiopia,out of security concerns. 

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Getachew Reda during an interview with Tigray Media House. Photo : screenshot from video

December 16, 2019

Getachew Reda, an executive committee member of the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), said on Monday that there are clear signs of disintegration of Ethiopia.

He said so during an interview with Tigray Media House when he was asked if he thinks that Ethiopia is already disintegrated.

To substantiate his point that Ethiopia is disintegrating, he cited, among other things, that he was unable to attend the funeral of his best friend, apparently outside of the Tigray region and due to security concern.

He also talked about the Prosperity Party (PP) in an attempt to demonstrate what he thinks is the level of illegality with the current leadership under Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed.

“Prosperity Party has no legal basis and does not meet the requirement to be legally registered,” he said. One of the legal grounds on which Getachew Reda, and TPLF by extension, criticize the party is that it was “voted in as a ruling party under the umbrella of EPRDF, not as Prosperity Party” while admitting that it could be argued that the last election was problematic.

The party was formed after eight former members and ally parties of Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) merged. And the party has submitted an application to the National Election Board of Ethiopia (NEBE) seeking recognition as a political party the result of which is not yet disclosed. 

Getachew Reda accuses Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, among other things, that he has no respect whatsoever to Ethiopia’s Election Board.

For him, the EPRDF leadership, that is poised to be leaders of Prosperity Party should the Election Board recognize it as a party, is worse that past EPRDF leadership in terms of violating rules of the game.

If there is any single message that he wanted to convey so badly is that he (and his TPLF colleagues) seem to like a televised meeting with EPRDF leadership. Or else, they threaten to expose “secrets they know.”  

Watch his  full interview below.

Video : embedded from Tigray Media House YouTube channel
Cover photo : Screenshot  from video

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