Ethiopian PM says ready to step down

June 23, 2009

meles_ZenawiLONDON (AFP) — Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi has had “enough” after 18 years in power and would be willing to leave office to make way for a new generation, he said in an interview.

“My personal position is that I have had enough,” he told the Financial Times.

The newspaper reported that he had not given a deadline for his departure, but said discussions on when and how he would leave had started within the ruling Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF).

“I am arguing my case and the others are also arguing their case,” he said.

“I hope we will come up with some common understanding on the way forward that would not require me to resign from my party that I have fought for all my life.”

Meles, a former Marxist rebel leader, has been in power since the 1991 overthrow of dictator Mengistu Haile Mariam. He was returned to power in 2005 in a controversial parliamentary election victory by his coalition.

He told the FT that his party now needed leadership that had not been part of the armed struggle for power.

“We are not talking about Meles only. We are talking about the old generation. The party needs to have new leadership that does not have the experience of the armed struggle,” he said.


3 comments on “Ethiopian PM says ready to step down

  1. Congratulation ato Meles!! Please also think whom to assign to lead (Dr. Berhanu Nega)


  2. Thanks Ato Meles . If you are reasonale, It will be wise decsion if you can asign Lidetu Ayalew . The committed to his country ,smart and with special ability to think and act accordingly.Lidetu is the future leader of Ethiopia

  3. Ewnet Yashenfal, Meles belongs to EPRDF whereas Lidetu belongs to EDP. Therefore there is no way Lidetu or any person from oppostion party can be nominated to the post of EPRDF led government, unless the parties want to form a coalition government. Coalition government doesnot suite to principled parties such as EDP. Don’t forget also the political program of EPRDF and EDP are completely different.

    But I am sure if the likes of Dr Beyene is asked for such a post he will definitely jump with joy

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