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Tigray Opposition parties form a covenant for radical change 

Leader of the four opposition parties in Tigray that formed a new political covenant for radical change (photo : DW Amharic)

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Four registered opposition parties in Ethiopia’s Tigray region have recently unveiled a groundbreaking alliance aimed at instigating fundamental change within the region. The “Covenant for Radical Change”  signifies the importance of a transformative shift rather than mere reform.

The coalition comprises the Tigray Independence Party, Arena Tigray for Sovereignty and Democracy, Salsay Woyane, and Tigray National Shengo, as reported by DW Amharic.

In a joint press statement from Mekelle, the capital of Tigray, these parties highlighted the dire political, economic, and social crises engulfing the region ( and it is safe to say that similar conditions exist in the rest of Ethiopia). They criticized the current ruling political group in the region for indulging in power struggles and illicit activities instead of addressing these pressing issues.

Accusations of human trafficking against members of the Tigray regional administration have been raised by the four opposition parties constituting the “Covenant for Fundamental Change,” according to a DW Amharic report.

Dejen Mezgebe, Chairperson of the Tigray Independence Party, accused Tigray authorities of involvement in stealing war remnant metals and food aid, transitioning now to human trafficking with Eritreans and youth in the Tigray region.

Arena Tigray, another opposition party in the region, revealed from its regional survey that drought and starvation are exacerbating. Amdom Gebreselassie, Chairman of Arena Tigray, said TPLF political and military leaders have been in prolonged meetings despite the escalating starvation in the region, according to DW Amharic report. 

The alliance emphasizes the need for an all-encompassing transitional administration in Tigray to tackle the region’s multifaceted challenges. They vow to persist in a “legal and peaceful” struggle to drive meaningful change.

This move towards radical change represents a departure from Ethiopia’s recent history, primarily focused on reforming the defunct “Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front” (EPRDF).

In 2018, Abiy Ahmed assumed office as Ethiopia’s Prime Minister, championing a reformative agenda. However, after five years, political instability persists, exacerbated by widespread security crises. Economically, the cost of living in the country has become unbearable for millions and Ethiopia has reached a point where it is unable to meet foreign debt interest payments. Abiy Ahmed’s tenure has also witnessed devastating conflicts in the Afar, Amhara, and Tigray regions. The war in the Amhara region is still ongoing as Abiy Ahmed’s government remained intransigent to resolve the conflict through dialogue.  

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7 COMMENTS

  1. Just look at the names of the so-called opposition ‘parties in that region.
    1) Tigray Independence Party
    2) Arena Tigray for Sovereignty and Democracy
    3) Salsay Woyane
    4) Tigray National Shengo

    Tigray Independence Party? What does that mean? How about this thing ‘for Sovereignty and Democracy’? Hey guys! TPLF has already cooked up those for you. They are fully cooked, glazed and ready to slice for you. All you have to do is dig in. ‘Independence Party’! It must be somebody with a sick mind who is saying that.

    • Ittu Aba Farda,

      I never thought there would come a day I would agree with you, but you are right on the money.

      What changed, is it you, or is it me?

      Anyway, you are quite right, they are comedians.

      With these idiots as friends, the Tigray people need no enemies!

      • You are right. What makes some people so daring and audacious to come up with such repugnant idea? It is just beyond me. ‘Tigray Independence Party’? Have you lost your mind? Hey Obbo Mekonen! I have an idea. Let’s you and I do this. You must have heard the name already. It is Western Hararghe. Let’s you and I form a party called ‘Western Hararghe Independence Party’. No sweat for me to recruit two or three more people and I am sure it won’t be too taxing for you to find two or more people as members. Then, voila! That is it! I’m going for it! Let’s go!!!

  2. Folks, I asked one of my friends who is well disposed to Amharic and Tigre languages to tell me what the word ‘Salsay’ means. He told me it means ‘the third’ or ‘the time’. So ‘Salsay Woyane’ means ‘Woyane The Third Time’. If that is the case, then why the need to create another party when all TPLF members consider/call themselves ‘Woyane’. Are these individuals are walking around with sane mind? O’ That Tigray Independence Party thing? Is a live one, the big enchilada!!! ‘Independence’ Party? You must be kidding? You are joking, right? Were those noble and upright people of Tigray know about it, even your existence? ‘Independence’ from who, what? Folks, this is what you get as after-births of commies. I don’t hate commies as humans but I have nothing but utter contempt for what they are infected with.

  3. I’m sorry. My mistake! I forget Tigray was an internationally recognized independent constitutional monarchy during the ‘Woyane First’ period for almost a century.
    Hey Ittu! No it was not a constitutional monarchy. It was a republic with free elections and an economy that rivaled the then number one economy in the world of the Comoros. Then that Filipino father of Abiy came in and destroyed it.
    Wow! I’m learning new history everyday.
    ‘Tigray Independence’! Help! I can’t get it out of my head! Help!!!

  4. Kotet besebeseb, semun bekeyer yaw Kotet naw. I was hoping to see new and young Tigray youth with a better name, preferably I LOVE ETHIOPIA GOING FORWARD just like Atse Yohannes kind of name then they can be allowed to play on the ply ground. The names mentioned on this cooperation should be destroyed, learn from TPLF it only costed Tigray so much lives and expanded the poverty level. For all Tigray politicians, please don’t believe Ato Meles’s advise, he told you, you are Gold and there is nothing like you in the region. That was wrong as you recently experienced it, believe that you are just human just like other humans around you. You are nothing without Ethiopia, always include Ethiopia at list to make up the 30 years attempts by Tigray gang to destroy her. She survived!!!

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