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Bereft of Popular Mandate, Hard to Keep the State Viable

2 Jun

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

Addis Fortune Editorial, May 31, 2020

Two years ago, standing before parliament, Prime Minister Abiy acted and sounded like a leader ready to offer the country a break in an inclusive future.

Alas! He would later on charge the very parliament that installed him as Prime Minister of having questionable legitimacy. The swearing-in speech was perhaps his most significant performance, carefully delivered to herald the coming of a more refined and prosperous future while also walking a fine line to convey that the foundation for this would be the preservation of the status quo.

Running a state that has no functioning democratic, if not credible, institutions, or the social infrastructure to accommodate rapid changes with several orders of magnitude, is more complicated than is advertised by many in the opposition. Attempting to do this without a clear mandate might have been a tall order. It was no different for Prime Minister Abiy, and each year has brought fresh challenges that are compounding to pose an existential threat to the Ethiopian state.

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed (PhD) has come a long way since his spectacular arrival at the top of Ethiopia’s political scene. In 2018, few would have predicted a state of political uncertainty would, in combination with economic, social and natural disasters all coming together, evolve to unravel almost every facet of life. The Prime Minister is as much to blame as the slew of unprecedented challenges that were visited upon the country.

Two years ago, standing before parliament, Prime Minister Abiy acted and sounded like a leader ready to offer the country a break in an inclusive future.

Alas! He would later on charge the very parliament that installed him as Prime Minister of having questionable legitimacy. The swearing-in speech was perhaps his most significant performance, carefully delivered to herald the coming of a more refined and prosperous future while also walking a fine line to convey that the foundation for this would be the preservation of the status quo.

Running a state that has no functioning democratic, if not credible, institutions, or the social infrastructure to accommodate rapid changes with several orders of magnitude, is more complicated than is advertised by many in the opposition. Attempting to do this without a clear mandate might have been a tall order. It was no different for Prime Minister Abiy, and each year has brought fresh challenges that are compounding to pose an existential threat to the Ethiopian state.

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From his pulpit, amid a crisis, Abiy regally dismisses all opponents

11 May

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

by René Lefort

After unilaterally deciding that Prosperity Party will govern until elections, the type of ruling system the Nobel laureate yearns for becomes clearer and clearer

History may show that last week was a decisive moment in the post-EPRDF era. Albeit a clear sign that Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed is heading in the wrong direction.

On 27 April, Prosperity Party’s Central Committee chose constitutional interpretation among the now famous four options to overcome the constitutional crisis: dissolving parliament; declaring a state of emergency; constitutional amendment; and constitutional interpretation. In advance, the government tasked a team of “highly reputable legal experts” to conduct an in-depth analysis. This was disclosed by the Prime Minister only ten days later in his 7 May address. The legal team’s composition is not public.

As if the four options were still on the table, Abiy then “consulted” opposition leaders about them on 29 and 30 April. He told his social media followers the meeting was “fruitful”, but on the occasion he also attacked the Oromo Liberation Front (OLF) and Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF).

To the first, as one its former militant wing is engaged in an armed struggle in Wellega, he said: “You cannot stand on the peaceful and legal struggle and armed activity”. For the second: “practice democracy on your turf. You cannot repress in Tigray and demand a free and open forum in the Federal government”.  Furthermore, he condemned those political forces allegedly working with enemies of Ethiopia. He called them “banda”, the label for Ethiopians who collaborated with Italian invaders after 1935.

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Al-Burhan pledges to defend Sudan’s territory during visit to border area with Ethiopia!

14 Apr

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

April 8, 2020 (GEDAREF) – In a speech delivered near the Ethiopian border, the head of Sudan’s Sovereign Council, Abdel-Fattah al-Burhan, declared that the armed forces will vigorously defend the country’s borders.

Residents of the area told Sudan Tribune, on Wednesday that the Ethiopian army has begun to penetrate into Sudanese territory, and has distributed Sudanese lands to Ethiopian farmers.

Accompanied by senior army officers, al-Burhan travelled to the border area of ??Doka, where the army deployed troops recently, amid reports of military build-up on the other side of the border.

He paid a visit to the headquarters of forces deployed on the Sudanese-Ethiopian border, where he was briefed about the security situation in the area.

The head of the Sovereign Council was accompanied by Chief of Staff Staff Major General Mohamed Osman al-Hassan, the Director of the General Intelligence Service Jamal al-Din Abdel Majeed, and a number of army senior officers.

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ታዛቢነት፣ ሽምጋይነት ወይስ ቀጭን መመሪያ አፍሳሺነት?

12 Feb

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

በመርሃ ጽድቅ መኮንን ዐባይነህ

 

Cairo’s goal is to make Egypt owner of the Nile waters, while Ethiopia has been contributing 86 percent of the water to the longest river in the world, the Nile River.

 

 

The New York Times wallows in confusion, when it falsely portrayed Egypt’s past control of the Nile waters. I feel sorry for NYT, once my hometown paper.  It mis-adventurously wrote: “For Thousands of Years, Egypt Controlled the Nile. A New Dam Threatens That.”

Past Egyptian attempts up until the last quarter of the 19th century, unlike the understanding of The New York Times, was characterized by none of the sorts, possibly save Egypt persistently conspiring against Ethiopia. I am surprised a major newspaper should find itself in such awkward position.

The fact is on November 16, 1875, Ethiopian forces defeated Egyptians at the Battle of Gundet. Those who survived fled for their life. Come March 8-9, 1876, in an act of revenge, Egypt invaded Ethiopian position from its Red Sea post of Gura, according to historical records. Egypt faced the same fate, i.e., its force were routed out.

Given this, if the past is any guide to win-win solution to Egypt’s arid nature, the win-win solution is sharing the waters of the Nile River, in accordance with the 1997 first international water lawand a relief.

በአረብ ሃገራት ጣልቃ ገብነት የመከላከያ ግብግብ—Ethio360

19 Jan

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

 

 

ስለተወሰኑ የመካከለኛው ምሥራቅ አረብ ሃገሮች በEthio 360 የተነሣውን

መረጃ ማዛመድና ማሰላሰል እንዲቻል

 

የሠይፉ ፋንታሁንም ገጽ ተውሰናል!

 

ለሁለቱም ፕሮግራሞች  ምሥጋናችን ይድረሳቸው!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ዐቢይ አሕመድ ታከለ ዑማን ለአዲስ አበባ ከንቲባነት ያሰየሙት ለመሬት ወረራ ነው መባሉ እውነት ኖሯልን?

6 Jan

The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

 

ተንታኝ  ኤርሚያስ ለገሠ መረጃ አለኝ በማለት እንደነገረን፣ ዶር ብርሃኑ ነጋ 

በእውነት የከተማዋ መሬት አስዘራፊ ነበርን?

ማነው ቁንጮ ተጠቃሚው? ምን በምን ይገመታል—እንዴትስ  ይለካል?

የዐቢይና የብርሃኑስ ትርፍ ፖለቲካ ወይንስ ገንዘብ?

 

 

 

 

ዐቢይ አሕመድ የጽንፈኛ ኦሮሞችን የአዲስ አበባ አጀንዳ ለማስፈጸም

ነው የመጣው ማለት ነውን?

ከሆነስ ‘ገዥዎቹ’ ለምን ከዐቢይ ይልቅ ጃዋርን መረጡ? ፖለቲካ?

 

ዐቢይም ጃዋር ለኢትዮጵያውያን ነፍስ መጥፋት በወንጀል ተጠያቂ ሆኖ ሳለ፥ ዜግነቱንም ለመረከብ አምስት ዓመት መጠበቅ ካላበት ለምንድነው ከሕጉ ውጭ የኢትዮጵያን ፓስፖርት እንደገና እንዲያገኝ የተፈቀደለት?

ተልዕኮው ተጠናቀቀ?

 

የሥልጣን ብልግና እንዴት የኦሮሞ ፓለቲካ አጀንዳ ማስፈጸሚያ ይሆናል?

ብዙ ነፍስ ሠቃይ ችግሮች እንዳላጣን፣ ለምን አሁን ይህ?

 

በሽቀላው መሃል፣

 

ኢትዮጵያ! እስከ ዛሬ የተማመንሽባቸው እግዚአብሔርና ብርቱ ልጆችሽ

ብቻ  ክንድ ይሁኑሽ!

 

 

 

A Rare Honour to Be…Addis Fortune

18 Dec

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

by Addis Fortune

Part of the reason the Nobel Committee awarded the Prize to Abiy is this recognition of the enormity of the task. He needs to match it with acknowledgement and appreciation of the heavy weight of this burden. He would do himself a good favour if he keeps his distance from close aides whose worldviews are simplistic, as their take on issues is reductionist.

Members of the Nobel Committee have demonstrated their appreciation for the good-intentioned start he has made. It is clear that they wanted to encourage and support his efforts. In a sense, it is more aspirational than one given for a task completed. It is not the first time they have done that. The award of the Nobel Peace Prize at the beginning of Barack Obama’s presidency had also the same goal of encouraging instead of rewarding achievement.

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Ethiopia, the scourge of ‘hate speech’ & American social media

10 Dec

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

by David Kaye*

While Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed is in Stockholm to receive the Nobel Peace Prize, you might think that the people of Ethiopia would be abuzz with conversation and pride about this achievement. After all, Abiy has done something most thought inconceivable just a couple of years ago: initiated peace with Eritrea and, more important for day-to-day life in Ethiopia, ended the dark repression of the past quarter century.

Yet the buzz is elsewhere, the air full of talk of reform — and the threats to it. During a week-long mission to Ethiopia, I found that, at the top of everyone’s list of concerns is social media’s growing power and dissemination of hate speech and disinformation.

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