In what appears to be a political motivated latest presentation, Ethiopian Prime Minister is pitching Grand Narrative as a way to recover lost credibility
Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, who recently made headlines with a controversial presentation on the “importance of water” which he framed in a way to make claims of right over the Red Sea – something that many Ethiopians criticized and angered Eritreans, has once again tried to take a spotlight with a new presentation. In a televised address to party and government officials, he presented what he termed a “Grand Narrative.”
In the video footage broadcast on state media, prominent figures from the ethnic-based regional states occupied the front rows, while senior government officials and cabinet members filled the auditorium.
The Prime Minister’s “Grand Narrative” focused on the significance of stories and narratives in shaping a nation. He emphasized that the narrative’s purpose is to foster “positive interaction” and create a shared national identity, stating, “It is something that helps us stand together and usher in prosperity. It is the foundation for a strong, united Ethiopia and a top priority.”
During his presentation, Abiy Ahmed promoted his party’s vision and dismissed criticism of his government as the work of “infiltrators.”
However, it is evident that the Prime Minister has faced an absolute decline in credibility and public trust within the country. Moreover, his government’s international relations, particularly with neighboring countries, notably Eritrea, have come under scrutiny.
Given the ongoing ethnic-based violence and conflicts that have marred his administration, there are doubts about whether his speech will have any positive impact. Many Ethiopians perceive the Prime Minister as having a duplicitous personality, and they often refer to his initial parliamentary address as Prime Minister with skepticism.
Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s latest “Grand Narrative” address comes in the wake of a severe and prolonged security crisis that has gripped the nation since he assumed power in 2018. This crisis has been particularly pronounced in the Oromo region of Ethiopia, where tens of thousands of innocent civilians have been massacred, and incidents of ransom kidnappings have become alarmingly common.
Between 2020 and 2022, Abiy Ahmed’s government engaged in a devastating conflict against the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), which is reported to have claimed over one million lives across the Afar, Amhara, and Tigray regions. This conflict has not only resulted in a staggering loss of life but has also triggered a humanitarian crisis of enormous proportions.
Currently, the Ethiopian government is embroiled in another brutal conflict, this time against the Fano militia in the Amhara region. This ongoing war has already claimed hundreds of lives and led to the declaration of a state of emergency in the region.
The cumulative impact of these conflicts, along with their socio-political and humanitarian ramifications, casts a shadow over the Prime Minister’s recent “Grand Narrative” address. It underscores the challenging situation he faces in a nation deeply divided along ethic lines and plagued by violence.
Watch part I of his presentation from the video below.
Video : embedded from FBC Youtube channel
Cover photo : screenshot from the video
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