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Demeke Mekonen’s Departure: Message to Ethiopia’s Prosperity Party 

Demeke Mekonnen _ Ethiopia Prosperity Party
Demeke Mekonnen (Photo : MFAE)

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At the end of its executive and central committee meetings this week, Ethiopia’s ruling party announced Demeke Mekonnen’s departure as deputy president of the party.

His retirement, seemingly on a voluntary basis, did not surprise many. Leaking reports from insiders suggested that Demeke had been requesting retirement for several years. However, the party, as reported by some Ethiopian media outlets, was not ready to bid him farewell, at least for the past two years. Notably, his retirement coincided with the Federal government’s all-out military campaign in the Amhara region, where Demeke is from, now entering its seventh month. He faced criticism for his silence as Abiy Ahmed’s government intensified rights abuses in the Amhara region, including extrajudicial killings, drone attacks on civilians, and rape. In August this year, during a diplomatic engagement as Minister of Foreign Affairs, he mentioned ongoing efforts to peacefully resolve the conflict in the Amhara region. However, progress seems elusive.

Abiy Ahmed Received a chain from his party (Photo : Prosperity Party )

His Message

The party organized a farewell event this week and Demeke had a message to convey.  “The lack of peace in different parts of the country and the multifaceted damages—death, internal displacement, and social crises—are heart-rending,” he said.

Many questioned whether he expressed discontent within the party before the announcement of his retirement. Demeke, an influential figure within the ruling party, is believed to have played a key role in ending Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) dominance at the Federal government level.

However, it appears that he did not use his leverage effectively, or perhaps his leverage was not strong enough to effect change. Tens of thousands of ethnic Amhara were slaughtered in the Oromia region and other parts of the country.

It seems that Demeke believes that security and political problems in the country could be resolved through constitutional change—a matter to which Abiy Ahmed’s government has shown little or no interest. In his speech, he emphasized the importance of working together to effect “a constitutional amendment to build a nation that is prosperous and conformable to its citizens.”

Although Demeke has retired from his party position, his departure from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Deputy Prime Ministerial role is yet to be announced.

Who is Demeke Mekonnen?

Initially, his academic background was in biology, earning a B.Sc. degree from Addis Ababa University, and he taught in high school for several years. Later, after joining politics, he earned a Master’s degree in conflict resolution, according to sources.

He joined the Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF)—a coalition crafted by the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF)—after guerrilla forces toppled Colonel Mengistu Hailemariam’s government in 1991. He began his political career in the Amhara regional state and served, among other roles, as deputy president of the region.

At the Federal level, he initially served as Minister for Education under the late Meles Zenawi’s administration. He became Deputy Prime Minister after Prime Minister Meles Zenawi’s death and still holds that position. In the last three years, he has also served as Minister of Foreign Affairs, in addition to his Deputy Prime Ministerial portfolio.

His service to the ruling Prosperity Party and its predecessor EPRDF spans nearly 32 years, as he himself puts it during a farewell speech. 

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4 COMMENTS

  1. One could hardly believe and hard pressed to believe that Demeke”s deparure was an accident or sincere retirement. Given current dismal circumistance of political, socio-economic, security, and governance issues in the country and Abiy’s leadership failure,, he was either pushed out of the way or was tired of and disgusted with hopless situation left with bitterness. Either way Mikiavellii and and miniac Abity may has some other thoughts and something unpleasant in the store like he always dose with hiscolleagues and subordinates. We know now enough the pattern of his behavior. One shouldn’t relay on it and trust easily his words and false demeanor. Personally I won’t. Never ever.

  2. One could hardly believe and hard pressed to believe that Demeke”s deparure was an accident or sincere retirement. Given current dismal circumistance of political, socio-economic, security, and governance issues in the country and Abiy’s leadership failure,, he was either pushed out of the way or was tired of it and disgusted with the hopless situation and left with bitterness in the end. Either way the Machiavelli and and miniac Abiy may has some other thoughts and something unpleasant in the store like he always does with hiscolleagues and subordinates. We know now enough of the pattern of his sinister behavior. One shouldn’t relay on it and trust easily his words and false demeanor. Personally I won’t. Never ever.

  3. I hear that he is going back to his teaching profession and if not I don’t think he will have any problem finding a much better paying jobs with overseas groups like think tanks of all sorts and he will be good at it.

    Once again I thank him for his valuable service to that country that produced us all. Please join me in wishing him a rewarding success in his endeavor going forward.

  4. Okay bigots! You now have Obbo Temesgen bin Tiruneh as your mom and dad until you turn into a Moai. I have done some preliminary work for you. I remolded him into an Oromo for you so you can mumble and jumble with Oromummaa this and that with him until people think you have turned into a giggling wild ass.

    For now I would like to extend my best wishes to H.E. Obbo Temesgen bin Tiruneh in his new blessed endeavor as a leader in the diplomatic arena. In this day and age where that gem of the colored called Ethiopia is being besieged by bigots inside the country and here among our Diaspora also by certain ‘super power’ wannabes in the area, it needs all hands on deck diplomacy to discredit what is being thrown at her. This patriot is chosen for this crucial position before the month when that country’s most glorious moment was etched in stone on that fateful in February at the Battle of Adwa. History shows with documented facts that our forefathers had scored a series of diplomatic victories before the first shot was fired on the fields and ravines of Adwa. The French and British were there just a stone throw away chillin and watching while their white cousins were taking a licking nearby. Baratieri did not realize that his worst nightmare is waiting for him; a fire spitting nigger with a Hotchkiss gun on his lap!!! Besides regular soldiers and fez wearing gitlows, how many officers including three star generals did my niggaz capture on that day? I am going into a trance now and better stop here as the doctor ordered!!! Good luck sir!!!

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