Tigray opposition calls for federal government action on TPLF election

Leader of Tigray Democratic Party urges the Federal government to take action against what he called illegal election in the region

Tigray Democratic Party

borkena
August 21, 2020

Tigray Democratic Party (TDP), one of the ethnic Tigray opposition parties, said this week that the Federal government needs to impose a sanction on what it called “illegal election in Tigray.”  The party believes that it is intended to make the region a center for violence and chaos.

The party’s chairman Aregawi Berhe told Ethiopian News Agency (ENA) the planned election in the Tigray region is not an exercise in the line of building a democratic system. He said it is a cover for criminals who flee from the Federal government.

For him, the election in Tigray violates the constitution. The election is a tool to extend TPLF’s power in the region, he added.

Furthermore, Mr. Aregawi remarked on demonstrated militarism in the region. “The group hiding in Tigray is beating a drum for war and it is wrong to think that it will conduct a democratic election,” he said.

Tigray regional state has already started voter registration and election date is set to be September 9.

What form of intervention?

The party is not specific as to what kind of sanctions to be imposed.  But it said that the Federal government and the people should stop the election in a “peaceful way” to avert an impending national crisis.

Tigray Democratic Party recommended that the Federal government needs to ensure that the money to be spent on the election is rather allocated for development projects. However, the party is unclear as to how the Federal government could enforce that without a confrontation with Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) led government in the region.

Background story on the election

TPLF has demonstrated a commitment to being difficult for the Abiy Ahmed led Federal government. Usually, it does so in the name of defending the constitutional system and the Federal government or in the name of defending the interest of the people of Tigray.

The National Electoral Board of Ethiopia (NEBE) ruled out conducting the scheduled election — it was meant to happen this month — due to the coronavirus situation in the country, the spread of which increasing at an alarming rate.

The board consulted with the Ethiopian Parliament which was convinced that the election could not take place as before the coronavirus disease was declared to be no more threat.

The House of Federation recommended a constitutional inquiry to resolve constitutional limbo caused by the cancellation of the scheduled election.

Following a constitutional interpretation exercise to find a legal ground to postpone the election, the Inquiry Commission recommended to the House that Election be held between nine months to one year after a relevant authority confirmed that the Coronavirus disease is no longer a public health emergency.

Consequently, the House of Federation extended the powers of federal and regional councils until the aforementioned time.

TPLF rejected the decision. Initially, Abiy Ahmed remarked, firmly, that no illegal election would take place in any part of the country and the Federal government would enforce the law to that effect.

When TPLF escalated militarism, demonstrating military parades in Mekelle and other parts of Tigray region, Abiy Ahmed changed his position. He said, “TPLF can conduct an election but the result will not be accepted if an opposition party wins it.” 

With the level of repression that opposition parties claim in the Tigray, the prospect for opposition parties in the region to win the election is nil.

Despite opposition party calls for it, it remains questionable if the Federal government will take action against the regional state in Tigray.



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7 Responses to "Tigray opposition calls for federal government action on TPLF election"

  1. rezen   August 22, 2020 at 2:09 am

    WE SHALL SEE WHO BLINKS
    The whole shared is NOT for the economic — bread and butter — interest of the:PEOPLE.
    It is not NEW — ambitious individuals, on the opposite sides, wind the nation like a clock for their own personal interest.
    At the end, it is ALWAYS that the people who wound up sacrificing their humble existence..
    And the initiators go home, free of any damage, for another scheme, with hidden profit.
    And the WORLD will keep on rotating in slow motion round, and round, and round for eternity.
    And the poor citizens will always be the instrument of the few slick operators.
    AMEN — INSHALLAH.

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  2. Gideon   August 22, 2020 at 7:35 am

    Dr. Aregawi is a man of integrity, decency and a patriot. Prime minister Abyi Ahemad should listen to the advice of Dr. Aregawi and take the action necessary to dismantle ethnic based fascistic woyane and bring them to justice for their crimes against humanity and for looting the country while they were in power, otherwise Prime Minister Abyi Ahemed’s government would have no legitimacy in the eyes and minds of Ethiopians and the global community at large.

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  3. Z. Tessrms   August 22, 2020 at 3:21 pm

    Each and every soul in Tigray knows the history of this pitiful belligerent man starting from his TPLF membership days till the present time. His so called party is an illusion and doesn’t have followers worthy to be a party. The guy is a foreigner meddling in the internal affairs of Tigray state. Moreover, he is hated by Tegarus for his criminal acts when he was a top brass during the struggle. For same reason he was unceremoniously dismissed by the central committee and has been a refugee since then untl he got citizenship somewhere in Europe. Now, this discredited person thinks he has another opportunity to spoil a constitutionally democratic election process. Sadly , as he is a loser he won’t get a second chance since the people are quite aware about his intentions.

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  4. rezen   August 22, 2020 at 8:22 pm

    Dear Editor

    With due respect, may I ask a sincere question
    Q: If Readers opinions are not published what would the point of indicating the number “Responses” ? Honestly, I am baffled. I observed it in two latest occasions in my case .

    Respectfully yours
    Your Regular contributor of commentaries. { Please Note: I am NOT complaining, I am just asking– after all the station is YOURS and ONLY YOURS.

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  5. mengasha   August 23, 2020 at 12:50 pm

    he is dead wood man. don’t wast your time.

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  6. ዘረ-ያዕቖብ   August 23, 2020 at 1:19 pm

    የማሌሊት ቀሺም “manipulators” አሁንም ነኝና፣ ቀደም ሲል ነበርኩኝ ሰላዮች፣ ጎራጎራቸውን ሲይዙና የወያነን ሃጥያቶችን ሲያዳንቁና ወይንም ወያነን ወደ መልአክነት ለማንጠልጠል ሲውሸለሸሉ፣ ግን ለምንድነው በመጀመርያ “ታማኝ” ለመሆናቸው እንደማስረጃ “አምሃራዎቹን” ላውንድሪ እየከተቱ የሚያፀዱት? ሊላይ ነኝ ባዩ፣ አስራት ወልደየስ ካባቸውን ወንዘፍ በማድረግና ወደ ደብረብርሃን ብቅ በማለት በትግራይ ህዝብ ላይ የነዙትን ወንጃለኛ ፕሮፓጋንዳን እንዳልነበረ ሊያጥበው ሲውሸለሸል፣ ዳዊት ከበደ ነይ ባዩ ደግሞ የአበበ ገላውን ሚስኪን ሙጫዮነትን EthioReference አማርኛ ገፅ ላይ ሲያቆላምጥ ይታያል ያለው:: ከዚያም ደግሞ የ’EthioReference’ሱ ከበደ, ዳዊት ስለ የሃየሎም ቅጥር ነብሰገዳዩ ስምና የአባት ስም ቅደም ተከተሎችን ብዙ ካወራ በኋላ (“ጀነራል ኃየሎምን ወያኔ አስገደለው” የሚለው መደምደሚያስ አላዋቂን እንጂ፤ እኛን እንዴት ሊያሳምነን ይችላል?) ብሎ ወያነን በአቡነ አረጋዊ ጠበል ሊያሳጥብ ይከጅለዋል……..!!

    ግን እስኪ የወያነ የውስጥ አውቂ እንደመሆኑ መጥን በነ ስሑል ጀምሮና በነ አምባዬ ገረህላሰ አልፎ እስከነ በርሀ “ሻዕቢያ” ወክብርት ባለቤቱና እንዲሁም ሌሎቹን ሊላይ እየጠራቸው ያሉትን ኮንቲነንት አፍሪቃንም ሊያስተዳድሩ ይችሉ የነበሩትን መላ ደቂ ትግራይን ማን እንደገደላቸው ስዉሩን የወያነን ፋይል ከፈት አድርጎ በማገላበጥ መርዶአችንን ይግለፅልንና እኛም ዘላለማዊ ቅሳነትን እናግኝ…………..!!

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  7. mengasha   August 23, 2020 at 2:06 pm

    aregawi is second man in thiopian history butchere nexr to mengustu hailemrim

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