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ETHIOPIA: Gebru Asrat’s Party in Pieces

With its central committee resigned and some of its prominent anti-Eritrea members thrown into prison, former Tigray Regional State President Gebru Asrat's Arena Tigray opposition party is in tatters.
With its central committee resigned one after the other and some of its prominent anti-Eritrea members thrown into prison, Gebru Asrat’s Arena Tigray opposition party is in tatters.

By African Intelligence,

IT’S all gone wrong for Gebru Asrat’s Arena (opposition) party. Some members of its central committee claim to have resigned, while the executive says they were sacked.

Gebru Asrat, the former President of Tigray Regional State and founder of Arena Tigray for Democracy and Sovereignty, is now watching as his organisation shattered. And yet, he had already been warned last June by members of the party central committee that he should organise a convention.

He is criticised from the inside for his authoritarian style and his narrow nationalism.

He, together with Arena’s present president, Berhanu Berhe, had provoked the departure of four of the movement’s leading figures: Tadesse Bitewlign, Samuel Gebru, Hishaye Azanaw and Asgede Gebreselassie, one of the founders of the ruling TPLF.  Continue reading ETHIOPIA: Gebru Asrat’s Party in Pieces