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Amhara region : new president appointed amid state of emergency 

Arega Kebede  Amhara region president
Arega Kebede taking Oath as president of Amhara regional state ( Photo : PD)

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When an emergency meeting of the Amhara regional council was called earlier this week –  the news  mainly made headlines on  media outlets that are not owned by the state – there was speculation that a new regional president would be appointed. 

And that is what happened. Arega Kebede is sworn in as  president of the region replacing – Yilkal Kefale who claimed that he submitted a resignation letter more than eight months ago. 

It was after the regional council accepted the resignation of Yilkal Kefale that Arega Beleke was appointed. Many tend to see the appointment not as a work of the extraordinary session  of regional parliament but an imposition from Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s administration. 

Reports from local news sources indicate that Arega Kebede has been serving as the region’s job creation and training office head – perhaps an indication that Abiy Ahmed’s government tends to see the popular youth movement in the region as something related to unemployment. 

The region has been under a state of emergency for nearly a month now. Internet communication has been shut.  Fano armed resistance has been pervasive in the region for several weeks now opposing Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s government move to disarm them. Apart from unanswered political demands – mainly calling an end to attack and massacre of ethnic Amhara in different parts of the country – Fano forces and their broad support base in the region argue that there is not reason to disarm Fano before the disarming hostile political forces like the TPLF and the radical ethnic Oromo nationalists who have been massacring ethnic Amharas for more than five years now. 

There have been repeated drone strikes in the region in the past few weeks and artillery shelling of many towns as government forces infantry troops failed to dislodge Fano from Urban areas. The government claims that it has managed to clear towns in the region from Fano forces. But the Fano forces say that they made a necessary retreat to rural areas to avoid government shelling of cities and drone strikes.  

In a speech to the extraordinary session of the regional council, Fantu Tesfaye, the speaker, said we subjected the region to a crisis because of unanswered identity  and boundary questions. She also mentioned that there was failure to disclose why the questions were not resolved. 

The Council has approved 12 cabinet positions that were proposed by the new president – Arega Kebede.  

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9 COMMENTS

  1. The new appointee, whatever his name is just an implant of the oromumma pp party. He was not selected by the Amhara people therefore HE IS ILLEGITIMATE!!!!

    እንዴ ህዝብ አልፈልግህም ወግድ ሲል በግድ ልግዛ!!! አትፈለግም ሌባነህ ዞር በል አለህ እኮ!!!! እውነቷን እየመረረህም ቢሆን ትጋታታለህ:: የፍርድ ሰአቱ ሲደርስ ደግም የፍርድን መራራ ሄምሎክ የስራህን የእጅህን አየመረረህ ቋቅ እያለህም ቢሆን ከነወንጀል ግብረአበሮችህ ጋር ትጎነጫታለህ!!!!!

    abiy is just so imbecilic and every time he is getting stupider and stupider by the minute. WITHOUT CONSENT OF THE GOVERNED, ONE CANNOT BE A GOVERNOR. THIS IS THE INALIENABLE RIGHT OF A PEOPLE. A GOVERNMENT FROM THE PEOPLE, OF THE PEOPLE, FOR THE PEOPLE!!!!!

    pp is history in all Amhara province.

    By the way የተከበሩት ጠ/ሚ: ዶ/ር: ፓስተር: ኮሎኔል: ፕሮጄክት ማኔጀር: ፊላስፋው : ፕሮፌሰሩ : ፊዚሲስቱ F= ma, biologist 99 % የሰውና ዝንጆሮ dna አንድ ነው etc bበአጠቃላይ የተከበሩት 7ኛ ጨ: your empty bravado and braggadocio about joining BRICS is just that, empty hot air. FYI, the BRICS block is made of a whopping 3.2 billion people, with total, gdp roughly equal to that of Mighty USA with only 1/10 of the population. So will tell you upright in your face, it is not wise to bet against the US!!!! The Ethiopian Airlines, the former Gonder Medical College, the former Harmaya, Agricutural College, the numerous health sector development under WHO and more were all done and mad possible thanks to the collaboration of the US and the great Ethiopian diplomats and gifted technocrats of yesterday.

    እርሶዎና አብረዎት የሚተራመሱት ሊቀ ደንቁርትና የበሰበሰ ካድሬ ስብስብ ያልተረዱት ያልተገነዘቡት ትልቅ ነገር ኢትዮጵያከደርግ ስርእዐት በፊት ነፃና ገለልተኛ ከሚባሉት በመሆን የነፃነቷን ሉዐላዊነቷን ክብር ሳታስነካ ከምዕራባዊያንም ሆነ ከምስራቅ ታላላቅ አገራት ጋር በወዳጅነት የኖረች ጥንታዊ አገር ናት::

    የምዕራባዊያኑም ሌጋስዮኖች ኢትዮጵያ በቅኝ ግዛትነት ተይዛ የተመሰረቱ ሳይሆን በራሷ በኢትዮጵያ መልካም ፈቃድ በድንቅዬ መሪዎቿ በታላቁ የኢትዮጵያ ንጉሰ ነገስት በዳግማዊ አፄ ምንሊክና በግርማዊ ቀዳማዊ አፄ ኃይለስላሴ መልካም ፈቃድ እና በታላቅ ቅንነት: ፍፁም ኢትዮጵያዊነት ለዘመናት በነበሩት : እርሶዎ እግር ስር ከተሰከሰኩት ጉግ ማንጉጎችና የመሃይማን ምናምንቴዎች: በበዙ ሺህ እጥፍ በዘመናዊ ትምህርትም : ሆነ በስነምግባር: በጨዋነት አገር ወዳድነትና የሙያ ልምድ ባካበቱ የዲፕሎማሲ ባለሟሎቻቸው ተረቀው በወጡ ንድፍ ሃሳቦች ነው:: ,ለምሳሌ እንደአውሮፓውያን አቆጣጠር በ1970 የዩጎዝላብቪያው ፕሬዝደንት ከምስራቁ ወገን ይቆጠሩ የነበሩት ኢትዮጵያመጥተው ከጃንሆይ ጋር ጎብኝተዋታል:: ከአራት አመታት በፊት ደግሞ የፈረንሳዪ ፕሬዝደንት ደጎል መጥተው ነበር:: በ1957 ደግሞ የአሜሪካ ቫይስ ፕሬዚደንት የነበሩት በግዜው ራቻርድ ኒክሰን ነበር የመጡት::

    Your incompetence, track record of human rights violation, lack of respect for rule of law, due process, lack of commitment for justice, freedom of expression, the right to assembly, the right to petition, and the fundamental reasons for being ostracized from the international community and being treated as a pariah. Mr pm abiy on your watch, Ethiopians have witnessed a -150% devaluation of the birr, a 400% rise on the price of one loaf of bread, a nearly 600% rise in the price of 1 kg of beef, a 400% price hike in the price of one egg, the massacre of 1 million people, the displacement of nearly 10 millions ( at one point Ethiopia had the highest IDPs in the entire world).
    Your umbrage, empty pride and greed of your oromumma prospeirty party and rivalry with the golf was the Causus Belli for the war in Tigray. Every second of your miserable reign of terror in the past five years have sown the seeds of bloodshed, mayhem, displacement and disenfranchisement of millions.

    You do not have the know how, the skills, the wisdom and maturity to be a reliable leader. The proof for all these is your five years of track record. BRICS WILL NOT BRING AN IOTA, ONE GRAIN OF BENEFIT TO ETHIOPIA.

  2. ሹመት ያዳብር በተግባሮዎ የተቃቃረ ግን በጋብቻ በደም የተሳሰረ ወንድማማች እህትማማች የአማራ እና የትግራይ ሕዝብ ብቻ ሳይሆን የኦሮሞ ሕዝብ ከአማራ ከትግራይ ከሌላውም ወንድማማች እህትማማች ሕዝብ አንድ እንዲያደርጉ ፈጣሪ ያግዞት፥፥
    አብይ አህመድ ወደ ቀልቡ እንዲመለስ ያግዙት ካልሆነ ይልቀቅ፥፥ ሕዝቡ አለቀ፥የሰው ህይወት ረከሰ፥ቀኝና ግራ ጎሳና ብሔር የማያውቁ የሕፃናት የንፁሓን ደም በከንቱ ፈሰሰ፥አመፅ ግድያ፥ዝርፊያ እውቅና አገኘ፥፥ሹመኞች የሚናገሩትን አይፈፅሙትምና ምን አሉ ሳይሆን ለህዝብዎ የሚበጀውን ከጎረቤቶቹ ጋር በሰላም እንዲኖር ይስሩ በተግባርም ያሳዩ፤፤ለሕዝብዎ ያሎት ፍቅር በተግባር ይገለፅ፤፤ጦርነት መሬት ነጠቃ አይበጀውም፤፤ይብቃ ሰላም ይውረድ ፥ሹመት ያዳብር፦፦

  3. Mahibrekidusan should be dismantled and its assets confiscated before making further financial aid to Fanno genociders Mahibrekidusan should be dismantled and its assets confiscated before making further financial aid to Fanno genociders

    Mahibrekidusan should be dismantled and its assets confiscated before making further financial aid to Fanno genociders.

    Fannos took part in robbery and mass destruction, worked for foreign Shabiya mercenaries, and deceived their own hardworking people into buying arms from Shabyiya to destroy their own region. They are simply a disgrace to not only other ethnic nationalities in Ethiopia but also to the Amhara people, who lived for centuries in harmony with their fellow Ethiopians.

    Terrorists like Christian Tadele, Andargachew Tsege, Abebe Belew, Geletaw Zeleke,Shaleka Dawit W/Giorgis, Messay Mekonen, Dereje Habtewolde (Dere News), Habtamu Ayalew, and all those who share their genocidal views are genociders and should be brought to justice. The prosperity party leaders should take the initiative to dismantle the illegal, murderous administration that they have installed in Humera, Raya, Alamata, Welkayit, and all other towns and villages within the territory of Tigray. It should be disbanded in no time and handed over to former leaders who were appointed before the conflict.

    Fannos are killers, robbers, kidnappers, and brutal murderers of children, nuns, priests, and elderly people. Fannos set fire to churches and plundered sacred religious heritage.
    ++++Fannos, who ran away from ENDF and entered areas where Gumuz people lived in mass, are targeting these people and torturing and killing them. Fannos claim they fight for unified Ethiopia but are killing Agew, Gumuz, Kimant, and all non-Amhara people; they must stop it.

    Mahibrekidusan should be dismantled and its assets confiscated before making further financial aid to Fanno genociders.

  4. So federalism system., the political party and the whole state machinery became a one man show without the slightest pretense and even in that an incompetent and dishonest one. The wring has bern on the for sometime all to see. Good luck with that !

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  6. What is going on in Ethiopia?!
    I was planning to visit Ethiopia in November for about two weeks. The itinerary is:
    Addis Ababa – Lalibela – Axum – Gheralta – Wukro – Hamadela – Erta Ale – Mekele – Arba Minch – Dorze – Konso – Turmi – Jinka – Mago National Park.
    Do you think it is safe?
    What would you advise?!

  7. Our gallant sons and daughters let others win the medals in the 5,000 and 3,000 steeplechase finals cuz there is space left to haul away the medals home. Ethiopia has the 3rd most medals with 11 just behind Good Ole USA and Jamaica. Every European and Asian nation would kill it’s most favorite cousin to get such number of medals. Did I say 11 medals? My mistake! I forgot the silver medal in the men’s marathon. I show that as 11+1. Hayeelike that!!! I don’t need any mouth from you about that, you uncomely faces bigots!!!!!

  8. There you have it: a Transitional Government in Amhara region as per Ato Degu Andargachew’s recommendation during his presentation at Parliament.

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