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→
GENERAL Mohamed-Nur Yunus known as Samora, the Ethiopian army general chief of staff and a member of the Tigrayan Muslim minority, convened a meeting of Eritrean opposition leaders at Mekele (Tigray Regional State) on 18 July. This is the first such meeting since 2005. It was led by retired General Mesfin Amare who heads both the Ethiopian foreign affairs ministry’s Liaison office for Eritrean matters and the Sana’a Forum. According to our sources, the meeting had a particularly important point on its agenda: ousting Eritrean President Issayas Afeworki. Continue reading Addis Applies Pressure on Asmara?→