By B. Solomon
Election 2008 does not seem a major issue in Ethiopian politics for obvious reasons. But it could have played and still can play a vital role in raising the people’s faith in election and participatory democracy as a green light to bring about a lasting peace and stability.
02 March 2008
UEDP-Medhin chairman, Ato Lidetu Ayalew, on his interview with VOA, had thrown some light regarding the coming regional and bye-election which will be conducted on the 13th of April/2008. Ato Lidetu explained the harassment, beating, intimidation, etc. meted out on the opposition candidates by the ruling party cadres in some areas. A press release is issued by UEDP-Medhin highlighting the need to take urgent corrective actions by the ruling party regarding the same.
B. Solomon | February 25, 2008
The Ethiopian political struggle to create a democratic and just system is currently at rock bottom. The opposition political parties which are supposed to lead the people to a better future and peaceful transition are at war with each other. The attractive opportunity that led the opposition parties into temporary alliance is no more there. As a result they are doing what they had been doing for the last 40 years, which is tearing each other apart.
The public is back resigning into political apathy saying that they no more want to hear about the opposition and CUD in particular. Even those who gave their hard earned money, time and effort are anxious to know when their hard earned money is going to be invested in the struggle that they were promised sometimes back.
By Addisu T | January 21, 2008
After my holiday observation was published on Ethiofact and Addis Fortune, I had many feedbacks on Ethiofact.com bulletin board. One of the feedbacks was from Mulu which I found it to be very informative. Mulu identified three causes of inflation to list out measures being taken by the government to tackle them:
In this fifth part of my article, I shall discuss the reasons that led Kinijit to boycott Parliament, the failure of the leadership to give firm leadership and guidance to the public in the aftermath of the election dispute and the truthfulness of the widely believed assertion that Kinijit boycotted Parliament based on the public demand. Finally, I will conclude by assessing whether Kinijit is better off as a result of the boycott.
By Addisu T | January 02, 2008
A traveller Diary:-Part II
In my first article, I wrote my impression of the current facelift of Addis Ababa. While highlighting the capital’s encouraging major expansion, I also addressed some of its short comings to make it a comfortable place to live. Though it sounds a luxury at the moment, I believe leaving land for future development of parks, sport and other recreational facilities can make the capital a comfortable place to live.
In this fourth part of my article, I shall discuss the fundamental flaws of AFD (Alliance for Freedom & Democracy) from Pan-Ethiopians point of view as opposed to that of the separatist movements. I shall also discuss how KIL’s naïve involvement with AFD ended up resuscitating ethnic politics to the detriment of the revival of Ethiopian unity.
In this third part of my article, I shall discuss the adverse role played by KIL (Kinijit International Leadership) to uproot Kinijit from Ethiopia where the real struggle is based and derail the historic movement for democracy and peace. I shall further be arguing how KIL ended up bitterly dividing Kinijit supporters in the Diaspora and set the momentum for the eventual but gradual erosion of the unity among the Kinijit leadership.
In this second part of my article, I shall discuss the over all implications of Kestedamena’s plot to control Kinijit and the wisdom and competency of Dr Birhanu during his three crucial negotiations with the TPLF regime on behalf of Kinijit during the post election dispute.