Dr Abiy Ahmed elected Chairman of OPDO
Addis Ababa, February 22, 2018 (FBC) Central Committee of the Oromo People Democratic Organization (OPDO) has elected Dr Abiy Ahmed as Chairman of the Organization.Lemma Megerssa was elected deputy Chairman of the Organization, according to information obtained from office of the Central Committee of the Organization.
If this change was made taking in to consideration the recent PM resignation, it will ensure the constitution is respected and the next PM will be nominated/elected with out undermining the constitution least! What is left is if EPRDF will respect its own bylaw and finish the deep Tehadeso in time and hold its own congress to nominate the next PM or nominate the next PM soon before the current congress term expires!
Regardless, if the next PM nomination is done by the book by the EPRDF, Dr Abiy chances are much higher now to be the next EPRDF chairman and next PM but there is no guarantee he will be! The stakes are high for any one to become the next PM and Chairperson of the EPRDF!
A Short Commentary on the Current Situation and Related Issues in Ethiopia
Getachew Mequanent Ottawa, Canada February 22, 2018 - The ongoing violent protests and communal conflict in some part of Ethiopia have been a subject of criticism on the way EPRDF is governing the country. The critics are not only opponents of EPRDF who usually take up any mishap in Ethiopian society as a cause ...
Time for Arena Party to rise up to the occasion
Haile Tessema, Feb. 22, 2018 - During the second Ethiopian general election, a Western news media reporter asked a voter in Gambela whom she casted her vote for, and she responded, TheGovernment. When hefurther asked why, she bewilderedly shot back, was there anyone else? ...
Ethiopia's Next Leader Could Come From Protest-Hit Region
Ethiopia's ruling party could choose the leader of the protest-hit Oromia region as its next chairman a party official said.Once the council has decided, there will be a vacuum, and that vacuum will need to be filled immediately, Getachew, who is also a member of the TPLFs executive committee, said.Lemma is a member of the EPRDF Council, but isnt a member of Ethiopias parliament, the House of Peoples Representatives. That means the council could elect him chairman, but a new prime minister will have to become a member of parliament, possibly through a special by-election, Getachew said.If no constituency is available, a MP could be removed or stand down to make way, he said.
What guarantee is there the outcome of the special by-election will result in Lemma winning? This may be hoping against hope!Ethiopia shouldn't be in such quagmire!
TIME TO SEARCH ENLIGHTENMENT FROM INSIDE?
Tsegai Berhane (PhD)
Feb 20,2018 - Like everyone concerned about his country, I was busy browsing the internet looking for information about the current affairs of my country and have come across a very interesting article by Dag Herbjørnsrud which reads...
São Paulo to Addis Ababa: A Revealing Journey
This 12-hour, non-stop Ethiopian Airlines flight to Addis Ababa speaks volumes about changing dynamics in the so-called Global South.First of all, Ethiopia, Africas second most-populous country, has experienced the continents fastest economic growth over the past decade, despite having no oil or other strategic resources. Yet more importantly, Addis Ababa, home to the African Union and probably the continents safest metropolis, is now the best-connected African hub to China...
Ethiopia briefs Addis-based diplomats on State of Emergency
Addis Ababa, February 20, 2018 (FBC) Ethiopias Minister for Foreign Affairs, Dr Workneh Gebeyehu, today briefed Addis Ababa-based diplomatic community on the nationwide State of Emergency declared last Friday.The country has been returning to its previous peace and stability following the declaration of the State of Emergency, the Minister said.
Open Letter to Dr Debretsion Gebremikael, chairman of TPLF
Zeray Hailemariam 02-19-18 - I am writing this open letter to the newly elected chairman of TPLF, Dr Debretsion to share my personal recommendations on how to realize the fruits of the reforms identified recently following the partys deep renewal of the front.
Egypt accepts delay of Ethiopia dam meeting
The meeting, which was to discuss contentious issues over the dam, which Egypt fears could reduce its share of the Nile waters, was to include Sudan and take place in Khartoum on Feb. 24-25.Foreign Ministry's spokesman Ahmed Abu Zeid said on Sunday that Egypt understands the circumstances that might have led Ethiopia to request delaying the meeting, which Cairo hopes will be rescheduled soon.
Ethiopia bans protests, publications that incite violence during emergency rule
ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - Ethiopias state of emergency imposed on Friday includes a ban on protests and publications that incite violence, Defense Minister Siraj Fegessa said on Saturday.The move was made a day after Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn announced his surprise resignation in a televised speech on Thursday, saying he wanted to smooth the way for further reforms.