BY AFRICA NEWS
A United States Congressman has insinuated that Ethiopia’s dominant party, the Tigrayan Peoples Liberation Front (TPLF) is on its way out of power.
Congressman Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) tweeted on Wednesday morning, “Game Over TPLF.”
His tweet incidentally mentioned three people including a famed Ethiopian activist, Jawar Mohammed.
The other two were the Eritrean ambassador to Japan and Neamin Zeleke, [a member of the executive committee and deputy head of political affairs of the armed opposition “Patriotic Ginbot 7”].
Rohrabacher represents the people of California’s 48th District. He is a known advocate on rights issues in Ethiopia.
The AFP correspondent for Ethiopia, Chris Stein, added that the Congressman had also issued an ultimatum for government to allow U.N. rights monitors entry to probe rights issues.
He added that Addis Ababa had till February 28 to allow the monitors or face a formal condemnation vote by the House of Representatives.
Ethiopia is currently under a state of emergency imposed hours after the resignation of Premier Hailemariam Desalegn.
The ruling EPRDF of which the TPLF is a member will meet to decide his successor.
The measure, the second in under two years, has been criticised by foreign allies including the United States and the European Union.
Other diplomatic missions have tasked the government to respect the rights of citizens whiles enforcing the measure.
“Game Over TPLF,” Says U.S. Congressma
BY ENGIDU WOLDIE | ESAT NEWS
A United States Congressman said today in a tweet that the game is over as far as the TPLF regime in Ethiopia is concerned.
Congressman Dana Rohrabacher, a senior member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, is a strong critic of the Ethiopian regime. Rohrabacher does not mince words when it comes to brutal regimes anywhere, telling it it like it is.
“Game Over TPLF,” tweets the Congressman tagging an Ethiopian activist based in the U.S., a leading member of an opposition group and an Eritrean Ambassador to Japan.
Many see his tweet as an inference that the TPLF regime is on the brink of its demise and also hinting that the U.S. had enough of a regime that has long been its darling in the Horn of Africa.
His House Committee on Foreign Affairs has given an ultimatum to the Ethiopian regime until February 28 to announce whether it will allow rapporteurs of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights to investigate human rights abuses in the country.
If the regime refused access to U.N. rapporteurs, H. Res. 128, a resolution by the House on human rights in Ethiopia will be put to the House floor for a vote, which among others hold those responsible, including TPLF officials, for crimes committed against innocent citizens.
A state of emergency declared last week by the Ethiopian regime restricting movement, speech, publication and even rudimentary rights of citizens has come under strong criticism by the U.S., the European Union and rights watchdogs.