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Eskinder Nega announces he quits as Balderas Party leader due to gov’t repression 

Ethiopian government repression made it difficult to work as leader of Balderas party, Eskinder announced 

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Eskinder Nega (photo : social Media)


Eskinder Nega, the leader of Balderas for genuine democracy, on Thursday announced that he is quitting his role as chairman of the party.

In a letter he wrote the executive council of the party, he said he has reached the point where he can no longer work in his role as leader of the party or even a member due to outright repression and dictatorship of the government which he described in Amharic as “Teregnaw Chequagne mengist” ( it could translate dictatorial government that is reigning in its turn). 

A handwritten letter to the party leadership (which is also shared on social media) said “It is to be recalled that I have been contributing, for many years, my part for Ethiopia’s transition to a democratic system. However, due to outright dictatorial pressure from the reigning repressive government on Balderas and at the national level, I have reached a point where  I can not work as part of the leadership or as a member…”

Eskindier called on the executive committee of the party, leaders of the party at different levels, members of Balderas and non-governmental organizations to support the work of the deputy president of the party, Amha Gagnaw. 

He also expressed his hope that the planned Party Congress will happen and that the party will be a national party. 

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Eskinder Nega’s letter to Balderas Party Leadership

Currently, the party does not have a national status. It draws its membership mostly from residents of Addis Ababa.  

A journalist by profession, Eskinder Nega has been incarcerated during the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) reign of terror. 

He was first released from prison when the now defunct Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) executive passed a decision to release political prisoners at the height of nationwide protest against Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) tyranny. 

But he was arrested again as Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed cracked down on Balderas Party following the assassination of Hachalu Hundessa – an incident which the radical ethnic Oromo nationalists exploited to trigger days of massacre and destruction in the Oromo region of Ethiopia. 

The reason for Eskindir’s arrest under Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s administration was projected as an “attempt to incite violence and threaten the constitutional order.” 

He was released from prison when Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s government decided to release Jawar Mohammed and Sebhat Nega. 

There were voices that the decision to release was a response to the US government order on Abiy Ahmed to release Sebhat Nega, TPLF ideologue and founding father who was captured during a military operation in Tigray. 

Eskinder Nega did not talk about his next move or if he is calling it the end of his political struggle. 


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  1. Subject: “Eskinder Nega announces he quits as Balderas Party leader due to gov’t repression”, August 11, 2022

    Humble Commentary, 12 Aug 2022
    If — as a human being — I may be permitted to use my privilege , freedom, liberty to express my feeling on any subject
    matter it is not an insult to any human being. Here is my humble comment:

    It is not a secrete that Ethiopia — the ancient independent country around the Globe. — is facing disintegration into pieces by self appointed individuals who have no better things to do but to destroy their own country. I repeat, they don’t have anything better to do. And wanton destruction does NOT require intellect, thinking concern caring love for a country and respect to each other as human beings. Such noble factors are heading to oblivion, as if Ethiopia never existed. YES, Ethiopia is heading to oblivion to the delight of sibling of colonial forces who are determined to have the richness of Black Africa Continent to THEMSELVES — NEVER, NEVER, NEVER concern for the BLACK RACE OWNERS, the INNOCENT NOBLE BLACK AFRICAN PEOPLE. Colonialist, in their natural cruel characteristic, tried their ugly best to give BLACK AFRICANS ugly image.

    Going back to Ethiopia, the Ancient Free Country on Planet Earth is on the verge of abandoning its dignified and mature characteristic and fall into disintegration, heading to oblivion. It is the most strange ACT by individual Ethiopians
    to cut Ethiopia into pieces, to the absolute delight of remnants colonial powers. HISTORY will remember — not the colonial forces.. We are witnessing local marauders, cutting Ethiopia into pieces for the delight of: “WE KNOW WHO”.


  2. I appreciate that you put all the fact as it is. The prime minister Abiy Ahmed is working to destroy the historical country, Ethiopia. There are also others around him who support his goal.


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