Tag Archives: Election 2015

Shocking: Most Ethiopians Don’t Know Their President!

President Mulatu
CLASSIC. Can this be the only African President that none of his people know him by his name?

By TesfaNews,

Ethiopia’s popular online video sharing site, DireTube, recently conducted a very candid survey on a variety of Addis Ababa residents by asking them two simple questions. First they were asked to tell the name of their President. The response they got was very astounding if not disturbing. Almost 90% of the participants do not have a clue on who their President is and what he looked like. Not a chance.

When the reporter switched the question from “Who is our President” to “Who is the Mayor” of their city (Addis Ababa), the result was equally disturbing if not worse. Almost none of the resident’s of the city knows who the Mayor is.  Continue reading Shocking: Most Ethiopians Don’t Know Their President!

Ethiopia: Rebels Intensify Attacks, PM Threatens Eritrea

Arbegnoch Ginbot 7 for Unity and Democratic Movement (AGUDM) fighters

By TesfaNews,

A NEW wave of tension starts to brew between Ethiopia and Eritrea this week following a surprise attack by Ethiopian armed opposition group deep inside northern Ethiopian territory.

‘Arbegnoch Ginbot 7’ for Unity and Democratic Movement (AGUDM) earlier this week announced that it has officially started taking military action against the Ethiopian regime. Continue reading Ethiopia: Rebels Intensify Attacks, PM Threatens Eritrea

Ethiopia: Fear of Targeted Post-election Assassinations Haunt Opposition

Targeted assassination of four members of the opposition shows how agitated the post-election atmosphere has become in the ethnically divided nation of Ethiopia.

By TesfaNews,

THE targeted assassination of four members of the Ethiopian opposition party in less than two weeks before the official announcement of the rigged election results took a worrisome pattern in the ethnically divided nation of 90 million.

Semayawi (Blue Party) and Arena-Tigray parties reported two deaths while the Oromo Federalist Congress (OFC) said it lost two of its candidates putting the total post-election death to four. Continue reading Ethiopia: Fear of Targeted Post-election Assassinations Haunt Opposition

How the EPRDF Humiliated PM Hailemariam Desalegn

The fate of Hailemariam Desalegn as the marionette Prime Minister of Ethiopia is now coming to close. Certainly, October 2015 would be his last day as Ethiopia’s ‘place holder’ Prime Minister

By African Intelligence,

THE critical evaluation session (gimgema /ግምገማ) on 11 May was so violent that Prime Minister Hailemariam
Desalegn came out of it with tears in his eyes!

The Indian Ocean Newsletter has learnt from sources close to the government, that the PM was subjected to the fire of criticism for 15 hours from members of the EPRDF political bureau, barely two weeks before the general election on 24 May. Continue reading How the EPRDF Humiliated PM Hailemariam Desalegn

Ethiopia Election Met With Silence From Voters

The 2015 Ethiopian “election” now proved to be a sham, a travesty of democracy and a mockery and caricature of democratic elections. Ethiopians dream of feasting on a banquet of democracy is now gone. The TPLF will won the flawlessly rigged election with a landslide and that’s going to be one super-duper streak of bad luck to Ethiopians and the region for the next five years to come!

By Anita Powell (for VOA),

ETHIOPIA will hold a major election Sunday, but critics of the longtime ruling party say systematic repression has made this vote a nonevent. Outside of the country, Ethiopians who say they are political refugees have even harsher words for the government.

On the streets of Ethiopia’s capital, it’s hard to ignore that an election is coming. But banners and blaring songs aside, this is an oddly quiet election in a nation of some 90 million people.  Continue reading Ethiopia Election Met With Silence From Voters

Washington Enables Authoritarianism in Ethiopia

Blanket US support for the Ethiopian regime risks dismantling the country’s already fragile opposition and disgruntled activists. It also risks encouraging the regime to perpetuate violence.

By Awol Allo (for Al Jazeera),

IT WAS only two months ago during the Israeli election that the White House was scrambling to convince the American public that the United States does not intervene in the electoral processes of other democracies.

“This administration goes to great lengths to ensure that we don’t give even the appearance of interfering or attempting to influence the outcome of a democratically held election in another country,” White House press secretary Josh Earnest said in defense of President Barack Obama’s refusal to meet with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.  Continue reading Washington Enables Authoritarianism in Ethiopia