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Ethiopia removes Eleni Gabre-Madhin from Economic Council

Eleni Gabre-Madhin is no longer a member of the Independent Economic Council that was established by the Ethiopian Prime Minister as part of his economic reform agenda

Eleni Gabre-Madhin
Eleni Gabre-Madhin (Photo : Aida Muluneh via BBC )

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Ethiopia on Sunday announced that it has removed Eleni Gabre-Madhin from membership from the Independent Economic Council that was formed to support Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s economic reform.

It is the Plan and Development Ministry that disclosed the decision, which is effective as of November 28, 2021. The Ministry explicitly stated that she is removed from the council on grounds that she took part and shared thoughts in a meeting that was called to discuss the removal of the elected government of Ethiopia and the establishment of a transitional government. 

Professor Ephrem Issac, who is said to be the cofounder of the Peace and Development Centre International,” was the one who organized the meeting. 

Jeff Pearce, a Canadian novelist and an avid champion of Ethiopia’s cause, first published the leaked video in his own personal YouTube channel. Tens of thousands of Ethiopians shared the video on different social media platforms. 

The leak has triggered anger among Ethiopians on social media and otherwise. Many now call her “banda,” a name given to Ethiopians who deserted the Ethiopian side and collaborated with fascist Italian forces at the time of the resistance war during the Italian occupation of Ethiopia in the late 1930’s and early 1940’s. 

She released a statement on November 25 refuting the allegation that she conspired with TPLF forces and their foreign backers to remove Abiy Ahmed’s elected government. 

She said her participation in a meeting organized by Peace and Development Center International is “deliberately misrepresented.” 

Two days before the release of a leaked video of the meeting, Eleni Gabre-Madhin’s residence in Addis Ababa was searched by police, for which she cried foul. Police did not disclose if they had recovered something from the house search. Hundreds of thousands of residential houses, with possible connection with the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), in Addis Ababa were searched by police as part of the effort of security measures in the past few weeks. 

“I want to make it crystal clear that I do not endorse any of the views that were presented at his meeting nor support any agenda other than that of seeking peace for Ethiopia. I fully condemn any illicit actions that undermine the sovereign elected government of Ethiopia, and I do not support an unconstitutional change of government,” she said. 

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6 COMMENTS

  1. Eleni Gebre Medhin exhibits typical “narcissistic personality disorder”. She craves attention, loves herself and anyone who magnifies that, her speaking and writing always has “I, me, myself” as central themes, and uses every opportunity to glorify herself and undermine others. Melles Zenawi gave her the old job at commodity exchange which she used to get attention at world forums. True to her narcissistic personality disorder, she tried to overshadow the same Melles Zenawi who took her to attend a world conference of leaders in America. She feels to have lost forums to keep promoting herself image after the downfall of TPLF and death of Melles Zenawi, and seems to have found yet another opportunity for self-promotion in the new collection of losers headed by the OLF/Shene/American Intelligence Services and psychologically damaged operative named Efraim Isaac.

    Obviously, Ethiopian security agencies had her in their radar as being one of ‘sergo gebs’ ready to fight from within (as happened in Dessie). Good of them to have noticed her early on. She is a disgrace to the nation. her self proclaimed intelligence aside, the fact that she participated in the meeting of schemers to destabilize Ethiopia and save TPLF indicates otherwise (she clearly lacked even common sense). Addis Tribune, in their video news a few days back, have uncovered many details surrounding the meeting, such as active participation from behind the scenes of State Department, USAID, intelligence agencies. Can of worms, that includes her! She had on many occasions stated she was not Ethiopian citizen; if I recall correctly carries Swiss passport. Stay out of Ethiopia then!

  2. What a sad story! I am mad beyond belief that this gullible person, Dr. Elena was duped into this harmful pow wow. So far she is the only one of the participants who came out condemning any plan to overthrow a sitting government by force and she didn’t need to do that if she chose too. She is a very successful professional in her trade. She might have rested all her trust and confidence in the professor when accepted the invitation to join the zoom talk shop. It could be a blunder that will haunt her the rest of her life on this good earth. From what she said in this article it is obvious that she regrets it and is asking for forgiveness. I have to believe her that she is honest in asking for forgiveness and true to our legendary value I forgive her as a person.

    Has anyone of you heard from the professor? Did he make it clear to that deranged retired ambassador who denigrated a black man, PM Abiy, as someone who will never listen to reason that isuch allegation was inappropriate? As a black man I am offended by such derogatory remark by that unqualified ambassador Yamamoto. Was that man really an ambassador who represented this great nation on earth? Or was he smart aleck enough to show a different face among the crowd of diplomats?
    Also as person with a strong Yemenite heritage, what has the professor done to bring peace to his fatherland Yemen? Has he ever tried to bring the Shia Houthis and Sunnis to a dialogue for peace? When was the last time he was in Yemen? I don’t mean any malice in asking these questions but am curious. Even though this zoom talk shop ended up being a disaster for the professor, I thank him for his effort to bring opposing parties to a peaceful truce in the past. This is an elderly man among us we should show some respect just for that alone and temper our remarks about him. That is part of our legendary value.

  3. God is great! God hates evil!!! Amen!!!
    God has revealed the scandalous TPLF bandas naked that many people thought were good Ethiopians secretly plotting evil with a wanted TPLF Terrorist, against the overwhelmingly elected PM Abiy government and the people of Ethiopia. Ethiopians are happy and love PM Abiy and Prosperity Party and nothing stands between them.

    Slowly by slowly the snake is found shedding it skin. Eleni and her evil plotting group got caught red handed that they will never be able to hide. It is there for the whole world to see and hear them talking about the evil plan they have for the People of Ethiopia and government to bring back the outed 27 years of brutalist TPLF ruling back to power. Little they know that every Ethiopian stands to fight TPLF until every TPLF devil is gone.

    Stop your evil and irreligious deeds regardless of its beautiful name you gave
    How much Tigray Terrorist aka TPLF pay you? Trying to convert TPLF’s history into Prosperity Party history is not a good strategy ? Try some thing different… because everyone knows lying and stealing is TPLF’s culture. TPLF is Numero Uno on that!!! TPLF has already taken the notoriety for lying, stealing committing genocide and cruelty.

    The name Prosperity Party speaks for its good purpose unlike the tribal TPLF, naming itself the Tigray Peoples Liberation Front a collection of murders of any innocent God creations that stands on its greedy and evil way.

    What does TPLF, Tigray Terrorist group know or respect about any religion? You guys just burn the Holly Quran books in Afar region, stole many properties of Churches and Mosques? The whole world knows how TPLF, the Tigray People Liberation Front is anti-religion, anti-peace, walking and visible devils.

  4. Borkena, please stop posting this glamorous looking picture of a life long traitor Eleni Gebere Medhin, it’s hard to comprehend as it is.

  5. If this person did endorse a violent overthrow of a diplomatically elected government she may not be out of woods easily. Waging war on a friendly foreign power is criminal. It is right there in the centuries old Neutrality Act/Proclamation). It outlaws any US citizen who aids in any form any group at war with a foreign nation that is a friend of the US. Ethiopia as we all know is NOT on war footing with the US but in friendly terms. That the official relationship. Both countries are staunch allies in the fight against international terrorism. That is the official protocol. Right? So hatching, endorsing or waging war on a friendly nation is a criminal act. Am I wrong? The professor should have known better for the fact that he invited a representative of a violent group that is now accused of gross violations of human rights by killing citizens, raping women and razing public institutions to the ground. I did not make up this either. Amnesty International has reported it and even the UN has moaned about it. I know some of legal matter savvy countrymen/women will tell me the Neutral Act is not without flaws. Yes it had tied Roosevelt’s hands behind his back and prohibited him from providing much needed material assistance to Emperor Haile in the 1930’s. But this one is a different situation. Here we have a democratically elected and US friendly nation on one side and there is an outfit of murderous mobs who is hell-bent to overthrow the friendly nation by violent means. Am I wrong? Dr. Eleni; you made a big boo boo on this one. You should have politely excused yourself from this pow wow held with malice intentions. It was terribly wrong. No excuses will justify it but honest contrition is the only way out of this mess.

  6. If this person did endorse a violent overthrow of a diplomatically elected government she may not be out of woods easily. Waging war on a friendly foreign power is criminal. It is right there in the centuries old Neutrality Act/Proclamation). It outlaws any US citizen who aids in any form any group at war with a foreign nation that is a friend of the US. Ethiopia as we all know is NOT on war footing with the US but in friendly terms. That the official relationship. Both countries are staunch allies in the fight against international terrorism. That is the official protocol. Right? So hatching, endorsing or waging war on a friendly nation is a criminal act. Am I wrong? The professor should have known better for the fact that he invited a representative of a violent group that is now accused of gross violations of human rights by killing citizens, raping women and razing public institutions to the ground. I did not make up this either. Amnesty International has reported it and even the UN has moaned about it. I know some of legal matter savvy countrymen/women will tell me the Neutral Act is not without flaws. Yes it had tied Roosevelt’s hands behind his back and prohibited him from providing much needed material assistance to Emperor Haile in the 1930’s. But this one is a different situation. Here we have a democratically elected and US friendly nation on one side and there is an outfit of murderous mobs who is hell-bent to overthrow the friendly nation by violent means. Am I wrong? Dr. Eleni; you made a big boo boo on this one. You should have politely excused yourself from this pow wow held with malice intentions. It was terribly wrong. No excuses will justify it but honest contrition is the only way out of this mess.

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