Writing Its Own Obituary?
“The Ethiopian Peoples’ Revolutionary Democratic Front, EPRDF, has revised its belief in a small army when new realities developed all around. However, its most dramatic performance is the expansion of its party member base. Today it claims to have five million members, and it has intensified its effort to ‘proselytize’ more of the public. The main purpose is to avert a repetition of the 2005 election, which the opposition claimed to have won. The EPRDF, according to its own people quoted in a recent newspaper article, want to recruit enough college students and civil servants who will be baptised in revolutionary democracy enabling the party to deliver enough public goods which will lure the populace into loving it.”