Ethiopia Ruling Coalition to Shake Up Decision-Making Structures

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  • Change in alliance’s structure to mirror ethnic representation
  • Horn of Africa nation is headed for an election next year
Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed.

(Bloomberg) —Ethiopia’s ruling coalition plans to overhaul of its decision-making structures and to tear-up its ideology of three decades, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s part of the alliance said.

The Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front, which has Marxist-Leninist roots, is a former rebel movement made up of four ethnically-based regional parties — including Abiy’s Oromo Democratic Party — and five affiliated regional parties.

The ODP announced the plans Friday to restructure the coalition and replace the EPRDF’s ideology of “revolutionary democracy,” which it branded divisive and “undemocratic.”

The move comes as the ruling coalition gears up for elections scheduled for next year, in which the EPRDF’s constituent branches must compete with opposition parties amid a political opening up.

“Revolutionary Democracy”

The EPRDF has promoted the “revolutionary democracy” since it toppled a military junta in 1991 and during ascendancy of the Tigray People’s Liberation Front within the alliance. While the TPLF rules Ethiopia’s northern Tigray region, which consists of 6.1% of the population, the Oromo and Amhara ethnic groups make up almost two-thirds of the population.

The push to overhaul the coalition’s structure is a means to increase the representation for Oromo and Amhara within EPRDF executive organs, giving them greater sway ahead of the elections, according to Ermias Tesfaye, an independent consultant in Burayu, Oromia state.

The existing decision-making structure “allows a small group to make decisions” over Ethiopia’s complex ethnically-based federation and is “not compatible with the current state of the struggle,” the ODP said.

A rushed restructuring of the EPRDF would send the country into chaos, the TPLF said in an Oct. 15 statement.

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  1. I was thrilled to hear that even a big section of the ruling body of the old country has woken up from its slumber to shed this Marxism tinged so-called governance philosophy. They have been deafening us with ‘Revolutionary Democracy’ and the country to be ‘Developmental State’. You see, that is what these committed ‘Mualeems’ of this very warped ideology of Marxism/Leninism always do. They tell us that they take to the bushes and wage ‘armed’ struggle to eradicate oppression and corruption but that is their way of doing the same in disguise. Majority of them had spent their teenage years and 20’s dancing to the tunes of “Judy In Disguise’. But they were not dancers after they took the mantle of the highest office. No, they were not. They turned out to be highly polished sweet talking connivers and merciless murderers. Nobody is safe from their sweet talking. Even those highly sophisticated intellectual giants at The World Bank, IMF. EU and others near afar had fallen victims to those wise alecks. Even Obama was taken for a long ride by them to a point of embarrassing himself in calling the 2010 election there democratic. His lieutenants were seen jumping thru the palace roof dancing to the tunes of ‘laloye’ the song robbed from the noble people of Tigray for the occasion. At that very time those grief stricken mothers whose children were mowed down in the streets and alleys of Addis/Finfine in 2005 were still wailing for their sons and daughters. who did not make it home that day. O My Goodness Gracious!!!
    Momma cried;
    There was mourning in the morning
    And Momma cried;
    ‘Cause her little girl was gone
    There was mourning in the evening
    ‘Cause her young boy was gone!!!

    In the meanwhile, more than 30 billion in US dollars was pilfered out of the nation’s coffers in less than a quarter of a century. In ‘Revolutionary Democracy’ things were happening for its pushers but things were happening against the citizens of the old country. While those students of the satanic Marxism/Leninism were concreting their camaraderie among themselves, they were pitching my Oromos against our noble Amhara and Somali neighbors. Once they managed to deposit their loots at safe locations they started working feverishly to set the country ablaze. The poison they sprayed deep in the subterranean of that country is still bedeviling the nation every where. You may be tempted to ask me who these individuals are. There were Oromos, Amharas, Tigres, Somalis and those from other regions. It might have been easy to see which one was more vocal and visible was but it was not that exclusive. To think as if it was otherwise will be justice denied.

    Therefore, I say in clear and clarion call ‘Tear Down That High Popalorum/Low Popahirum Snake Oil and Utter Lie!!!’

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