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Debretsion Gebremichal proposes leadership change in Tigray

The Pretoria agreement between the Ethiopian gov’t and the TPLF does not recognize Tigray regional council

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Debretsion Gebremichael speaking during the meeting with Tigray region council (Photo credit : Demtsi Woyane)

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Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) chairman and “President of Tigray Regional State” proposed to the region’s “council” a leadership change.

The region’s communication office said, on its social media page, that Debretsion presented his proposal at the ongoing meeting of the region’s council.  It has been nearly six days since the region’s council started its meeting evaluation. 

Implementation of the Pretoria Peace agreement is among the top agenda items. 

The region calls the meeting “The regional council’s sixth term, fifth regular congress.”

 The Pretoria agreement between the Ethiopian government and the TPLF nullified the regional election that the TPLF organized in August 2020. It means that the regional council does not have recognition from the Federal government.

Last week, the Ethiopian government accused “some” TPLF leaders of breaching the terms of the Pretoria agreement but it was specifically related to what it called the dissemination of negative propaganda.

It did not say anything about the TPLF calling itself the Tigray region government and the regional council operating as if it is a legal entity. 

The region’s council meeting is taking place in Mekelle. Debretsion said, according to the region’s communication office, ” The process we have now started is a transition from a heavy war to a peaceful political forum. This transition needs to be handled with care and managed.”  That was his explanation as to why he is proposing leadership changes to the regional cabinet. 

“Therefore,” he added, “to preserve and foster our peace, it is necessary to restructure [the cabinet].”

The changes he is proposing will enable non-TPLF members of ethnic Tigray Ethiopians to be part of the structure. He explained his position by pointing out the need to tap into the potential of non-TPLF members. 

Tsadkan Gebretensae, who is rumored to have a key position in the administration that is to be restructured, ended his TPLF membership years before the war broke out in November 2020.Yet, he took part in the war as TPLF’s military commander. He used to be the Defense Chief of staff of the Ethiopian Defense Force when the TPLF had firm and dominant control over the federal government. 

Two days ago, Getachew Reda, the spokesperson, said that there will be no changes to the leadership in Tigray. 

The war between the Ethiopian government and the TPLF is said to have claimed nearly one million lives. 

Meanwhile, Eritrean forces and Amhara regional forces have reportedly withdrawn from the Tigray region. 

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5 COMMENTS

  1. Transitional-order is very necessary to stop lawless ness.

    The Federal Gov must be active here, assigning the Temporary-Administration ASAP, that includes the other parties and limit the “time-frame” for the few TPLF members that are playing part in the transition and LIMITING their time to a specific time frame, to be removed after 4 to 6 weeks, transition time.

    Announcing the transition to the general public, is crucial, and must be made ASAP.

    If any TPLF member found to exert pressure on decision making authorities, they should be reported and arrested , and dealt with leggily.

    That needs to be stated clearly to the public, by the Federal Government.

    The public has the right to know.

  2. USGS has reported two earthquakes from the Horn of Africa today. Both of them happened in places where the majority of residents are Afars. One was located close to Semera in Ethiopian Afar and Obock in the Republic of Djibouti. The Semera earthquake was registered at 4.3 and the one near Obock at 4.8. Let hope and pray there were no damage. The nearby fault line seems to be more active recently.

  3. Debre Tsion can start the “ leadership change he proposed”, by stepping down and retiring from politics altogether. That will be the only and greatest gift he can give to our fathers, mothers, brothers and sisters in Tigray. Let our people go. For nearly 50 years, you, Debra Tsion and your TPLF have coerced, displaced, imprisoned, tortured and murdered them without impunity for a political goal and utopia turned grand of delusion and illusion.
    You have concluded your THEATER OF THE ABSURD WITH AN ALL OUTRIGHT WAR!!!!!!

    Now quietly, pack up your things, walk out and disappear. GO AWAY FOR GOOD. MENGISTU HAILE MARIAM DID IT. SO CAN YOU!!!!!!!! JUST GO AWAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY.

  4. HUMBLE COMMENT:

    QUOTE: “MENGISTU HAILE MARIAM DID IT.
    SO CAN YOU.
    JUST GO AWAY ” UNQUOTE

    INDEED, VERY HUMBLE COMMENT WITH SUBSTANCE.
    JUST WALK AWAY WITH DIGNITY, NOBLE GENTLEMAN.

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