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.
ETHIOPIAN opposition groups are accusing the government of harassing their members and carrying out illegal detentions ahead of the May 24 elections.
Yonathan Tesfaye, spokesman for the Blue Party, told The Associated Press this week that some party members are being beaten, especially in the southern region. He said his party may boycott the elections.
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→