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Oromo nationalism in the era of Prosperity Party: A point of view

23 Feb

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

by Nagessa Dube, Ethiopia Insight, February 23, 2020

“It is widely agreed that the two things Ethiopia needs most are democratic progress and economic prosperity. In order to achieve these, strong political leadership is necessary. Oromo nationalists could play a critical role in providing that leadership, but to do so they must begin to see their history as Ethiopian history, since in truth they also played a huge role in nation building. The traditional Oromo nationalist narrative of oppression at the hands of highlanders must be recognized as incomplete, at best.

Right now, it makes little sense for Oromo nationalists to simply skulk away, demanding more regional power and rights, and aligning themselves with increasingly isolated elements like the OLF. If Oromo nationalist groups can instead put aside old fears and accept that dwelling on the past is counterproductive, they can seize the great opportunity of this political moment to lead the country from the centre of the federation alongside the likes of Abiy. There is no telling how much positive influence they can then exert in shaping a stronger and more stable Ethiopia.”

When Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed proposed merging the parties comprising the Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) and forming a new entity called the Prosperity Party in 2019, few people believed he could or should try to accomplish it in the few months before the next election.

Changing the brand, if not completely the substance of the group that ruled Ethiopia since the communist junta was overthrown in 1991 was generally seen as a wise move, but not within such a short period of time. Even a key reform leader and current Defense Minister Lemma Megersa questioned the timing.  Nevertheless, Abiy went ahead.

The EPRDF was rooted in ‘revolutionary democracy’, a Leninist-Maoist ideology that maintains the fiction of democracy while in reality, monopolizing power under a single ruling clique. The EPRDF continued to teach this ideology to its cadres, using China and other one-party Asian states such as North Korea as political models. The EPRDF had no intention of democratizing Ethiopia, except in the perverse sense of ‘revolutionary democracy.’

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የኦሮሞ ምሁራን ስለኦሮሚያ የነፃነትና እኩልነት ትግልና ኢትዮጵያዊ ብሔርተኝነት ያደረጉት ውይይት

15 Nov

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)</em>


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Message to Organizers of the Oromo Leadership Convention

15 Nov

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)


This video message was prepared by Dagnachew Teshome on the occasion of the First Oromo Leadership Convention, held in Atlanta, Georgia from November 11, 2016 to November 13, 2016.


    An Oromo Leadership Convention: The Oromo National Charter of Freedom, Justice and Human Rights
    Message to participants of the Atlanta Oromo Leadership Convention

    Oromo concerns about preparations & inclusiveness of Atlanta Oromo Conference

    የለንደኑን የኦሮሞ ስብሰባ ያዘጋጀው የኦሮሞ የሕግ ባለሙያዎች ማኅበር አመራሮች በመድረኩ የተገለጹትን ጸረ-ኢትዮጵያ አመለካከቶች በኅብር ራዲዮ ውይይት ግለሰባዊ ዕይታ በማለት ራሳቸውን አራቁ!

    Majority Oromos see themselves as builders of free & democratic Ethiopia

    Oromo Liberation Front (OLF): Lasting peace can only be attained in Ethiopia when people’s rights are respected! Would TPLF like peace?


Resolution of the Oromo Leadership Convention

14 Nov

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)


The Big Debate:                             Beyond Assimilation & Accommodation, the resurgence of Oromo Nationalism

14 Nov

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
Prof. Ezekiel Gabissa*

Ethiopia’s political history of the last half-century has been the pregressive unfolding of the twinned ideas of “land to the tiller question” and the “national question.” Two ideological factions coalesced around the question of nationalities: the ethno-nationalists who favored self-determination and the Ethiopianists who advocated granting regional autonomy to regions where centrifugal tendencies were evident.[1] In 1987, a constitution that established the People’s Democratic Republic of Ethiopia partially adopted the Ethiopianists’ position by granting regional autonomy to five regions to diffuse demands for self-determination.[2] In 1991, the ethno-nationalists who favored self-determination ousted the Ethiopianists and vowed to construct a decentralized federal state of Ethiopian nations, nationalities and peoples.[3]
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Let’s Rescue The TPLF :                     A project of sorts or coincidence?

9 Aug

By Keffyalew Gebremedhin, The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

I have had the opportunity to go through Dr. Gelawdewos Araia’s 25-page Pan-Ethiopian Agenda Vs Sectarian Ethnocentric Politics of August 4, 2016, appearing on Tigrai Online.
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What do Oromo protests mean for Ethiopian unity? – A reasonably better off BBC perspectives to date!

9 Mar

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

As protests in Ethiopia over the rights of the country’s Oromo people continue, Addis Ababa-based journalist James Jeffrey considers if they are threatening the country’s unity.
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