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“Are you a prime minister or a king?” Abiy Ahmed answers “my name is…”

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Toronto – “Are you a prime minister or a king?” Abiy Ahmed answers ” that was the question that Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed faced during a meeting with Ethiopian opposition political parties in Addis Ababa on Monday.

It was Desta Tilahun, Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Party (EPRP), secretary who posed the question. During her interview with Ethiopian Media Services – from which the audio below is shared – , she indicated that the question was posed within the context of institutional processes, procedures and accountability in government working – particularly with spending. In many of the discussions he was having in the past few weeks, he was seen giving orders on the spot to his subordinates including the governor of the National Bank of Ethiopia.

The ongoing demolition in the heart of the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa is perhaps another best example to demonstrate that. Residents were not engaged and no room was given to registered historical sites. The parliament did not discuss it either.

Abiy Ahmed’s answer to the question from the EPRP secretary was, “My name is Abiy Ahmed. I am the prime minister of Ethiopia.” During his first acceptance speech, he unveiled a dream to be a king and that his mother predicted that he would be the 8th King of Ethiopia.

Watch her interview below

Video : embedded from EMS YouTube channel
Cover photo : screenshot from the video

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2 COMMENTS

  1. The brilliant lady hit a nerve there. In reality, 7ኛ ጨ is neither a King nor a prime minister. የኦህዴድ ካድሬው
    7ኛ ጨ is an illiterate buffoon, an ideologue of the oromumma grandeur of illusion and delusion. Incidentally, ምህፃረ ቃሉ: ኦህዴድ ራሱ ትክክል አይደለም democracy is pronounced as ዲሞክራሲ notዴሞክራሲ::

    In any event the despot lacks the grace, wisdom, governing skills and charisma of Ethiopia’s yesteryear Emperors. የአፄዎቹ የንጉሳዊ አመራር ግርማ ሞገስና ክህሎት የለውም:: ከየት መጥቶ???? የደርጉ መንግስቱ የተሳሳተም ቢሆን ሃገር ወዳድነት የለውም:: የመለስ ብልሃትነትም የለውም:: የዕውቀት ችግር አለ:: የአማካሪ ችግር አለ::

    እንደገና የበሻሻው ወሮበላና ግብረአበሮቹ they are not civilized. ከተሜነት የላቸውም:: አልሰለጠኑም:: They are uncouth. In that they are uncivilized, uncultured, uncultivated, unrefined, unpolished, unsophisticated, common, low, plebeian, philistine, rough, coarse, provincial, rustic, crude, gross, loutish, hooligan, boorish, oafish, Neanderthal, barbarian, barbarous, barbaric, bearish, primitive, savage, churlish, uncivil, rude, impolite, discourteous, disrespectful, unmannerly, bad-mannered, ill-mannered, ill-bred, indecorous, ungallant, ungentlemanly, unladylike, vulgar, crass, indelicate, offensive, backwoods, hillbilly, hick, yobbish, slobbish, clodhopping.

    In a nut shell, they are ሰገጤዎች ናቸው::

    This is the descriptive or name calling approach.

    But when we say 7ኛ ጨ is not a prime minister, it is owing to the facts that
    1) he does not abide by the constitution of the land
    2) he does not believe in due process
    3) he violates entire sections of the Bill of rights of all citizens enshrined in the constitution
    4) he does not respect the separation of church and state
    5) he does not believe in checks and balances and wants to be the legislative, judiciary and executive branches of his “government “ which is a banana republic
    6) he thinks his above the law
    7) and on and on

    Let’s recall an incident from 1960 Ethiopia and compare a different incident from 2023

    1960:

    General Mengistu Neway by his own admission precipitates the death of over hundred soldiers and executed prominent ministers like Abebe Aregai, Minister Mekonen Habetewold

    He gets charged and appeared in prison.

    2023:

    Christian Tadelle, an MP with immunity from prosecution, gets sent to jail for suggesting that7ኛ ጨ needs to be audited. He is denied due process and languishes in abiy ‘s dungeon for 7 months.

    Who is the dictator and despot here??????

  2. Borkena is doing a poor job of posting a/ info in Amharic for English-speaking audience b/ not letting the questioner, Desta Tilahun, be heard posing the Q to the PM.

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