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Gadaa.com"They can rule us as dictators, but not falsely portraying their image as democrats ... As far as they control the guns, they can rule us. But they cannot rule us by portraying that Ethiopia is enjoying democracy while we do not have any."

- Dr. Merera Gudina (February 2010)


The 'national question' remains the key of Ethiopia's future

OpenDemocracy/EthioMedia • July 2, 2010


So, what will be the position adopted by the new leadership? Will they stick together, or will the old guard keep control from the sidelines?

Ethiopia's Election: All Losers

By René Lefort

The crushing electoral defeat of the Ethiopian opposition does not actually help the ruling party and encourages its slide into authoritarianism

'I really feel totally betrayed by the system,' confessed Beyene Petros, one of the most respected leaders of the Ethiopian opposition, a few days after its crushing defeat in the general elections on 23 May 2010. 'I thought that, if we competed in the elections, there would be a door ajar that could be made use of by competing parties. This assumption of mine was totally misplaced.'

In 2010, the main opposition force, the Medrek (Forum), had a support base extending over almost all the country, with the notable exception of the Amhara region. On paper at least, its eight components had reached a common position on the 'national question' and on the issue of land. Read More »»»


Gadaa.comEthiopian Opposition Fails in Its Final Appeal Against Conduct of Election Bloomberg • July 21, 2010


Ethiopian Court Rejects Election Appeal

VOA News • June 18, 2010 - Ethiopia's Supreme Court has rejected an appeal from opposition parties demanding a re-run of the May 23 election.

The court Friday upheld an earlier decision from the National Electoral Board dismissing the opposition's request. The Board had said the parties' claims of fraud and pre-poll intimidation were unsupported by evidence. Read More »»»


Gadaa.comEthiopia Supreme Court rejects election result case Reuters • June 18, 2010

Gadaa.comEthiopia supreme court rejects opposition election appeal AFP • June 18, 2010

Gadaa.comEthiopia: Supreme Court to Hear Election Challenge The New York Times • June 16, 2010


Ethiopia opposition to appeal new poll rejection (AFP)

June 12, 2010 - Ethiopia's main opposition bloc will lodge a court appeal on Monday to contest an electoral body rejection of calls for a re-run of parliamentary polls, a senior official told AFP.

Medrek has claimed the May 23 vote was riddled with fraud and complained that its observers and supporters were subject to intimidation, but its bid for a re-run was subsequently turned down for lack of evidence.

"We have come to a decision, we are going to the supreme court on Monday to fight against the unjust decision of the National Electoral Board," vice chairman Merera Gudina told AFP. Read More »»»


Zenawi Begging Merera to Come Back to Parliament; Eritrea Next?

June 8, 2010 - The following is an excerpt of a report from Ethiopian Review citing ION.

Anyone considering calling for the vote to be invalidated was warned that he risks imprisonment. But on the other hand, Meles is fully aware that the non-re-election of most of the opposition leaders will give his regime a major problem. Consequently, secret negotiations are underway to give the opposition a handful of seats. EPRDF representatives contacted Merera Gudina to promise him a recount and to be elected to parliament if he distanced himself from the other opponents. Read More »»»


OLF Urges the West to Reexamine Policy, Calls upon Political Forces to Coordinate Struggles

The OLF would like to take this opportunity to again call upon all concerned political forces opposed to the TPLF's tyrannical rule, to cooperate and coordinate our struggles, and once and for all get rid of the wicked, cruel and criminal regime led by the tyrant Meles Zenawi.

June 3, 2010 - The Meles/TPLF regime's May 23, 2010, sham and fraudulent election vindicated the Oromo Liberation Front (OLF) and embarrassed its foreign supports. The OLF did not have an illusion that the Meles/TPLF regime is an antithesis to democracy and the rule of law. After all, the Meles/TPLF regime is a declared and ardent disciple of the "Maoist theory of Revolutionary Democracy" and as such one could expect of it nothing but a sham and farcical elections.

The relation of the OLF and the TPLF regime was an adequate early warning to all interested that the TPLF régime is tyrannical and it has no political will and commitment to democracy, respect for human rights and freedoms and the rule of law. This early warning was conveniently not heeded particularly by the Western supporters of the tyrannical regime. Read More »»»


Opposition reports mass detention of its supporters

June 2, 2010 - Ethiopia's government ruling junta has detained about 1,000 opposition activists in the country's Oromia region since May 22, the day before national elections, a leader of the Medrek opposition alliance said.

While most of those held have been released, supporter intimidation hasn't stopped, Merera Gudina, a leader of the ethnic Oromo wing of Medrek, said in a phone interview today.

"Beatings have continued, people are still being arrested and receiving instant sentences of five or six months," said Merera. "Including the eve of election day, about 1,000 of our party poll watchers have been detained." Read More »»»


Ethiopia's Fraudulent Election Confirms the Necessity Of Decolonization Before Democratization

By Fayyis Oromia

June 2, 2010 - We had enough election processes to expose Weyane in front of the "gullible" international community, which has either naively or deliberately accepted Weyane led empire as one of "African nations, which is on the noble road of democratization." OLF already exposed the undemocratic nature of Weyane in 1992, just a year after Weyane's takeover of power in Finfinne palace. CUD and UEDF did the same job of exposing Weyane in 2005. Now, MEDREK and AEUP repeated it. From now on, we do not need this job of exposing Weyane any more. What we need is to come together, forge a necessary alliance based on the above mentioned common ground and then fight against the fascists. Read More »»»


Opposition Totally Absent from All 9 Regional State Councils

June 2, 2010 - The National Electoral Board of Ethiopia (NEBE) has released provisional results from the May 23 elections for the 9 Regional State Councils (Afar, Amhara, Benishangul-Gumuz, Gambella, Harari, Oromia, SNNP, Somali and Tigray). The results show the Opposition has won no single seat in all 9 Regional State Councils. Read More »»»


Interview: Ethiopia's only opposition MP "won't be intimidated"

Ethiopia's Embarrassing Election

May 31, 2010 - Wall Street Journal - The ruling party has claimed to have swept all but two of the 546 declared seats, which is more than enough to make the parliament a complete rubber stamp for Mr. Zenawi. Read More »»»

May 31, 2010 - Reuters - Girma Seifu was at home hosting a dinner party to celebrate what looked like a sure parliamentary seat win when he got the phone call that would force him into the spotlight.

Ethiopia's opposition coalition, the eight-party Medrek, had won only one seat in the 547-seat parliament - his.

"The secretary general of the party called," says the newly elected MP, in his Addis Ababa office. "He said, 'you could be the only one'. I didn't expect that." Read More »»»


Elections Not Fair, Will Take Action: Beyene Petros

May 31, 2010 - Addis Fortune: What are your thoughts about thee election result and how do you interpret them?

Beyene Petros (Prof): Our position on the election outcome is that it is simply a situation that has been dictated by the Ethiopian Peoples’ Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF). Hence, you see close to a 100pc declaration of victory. We really do not consider this as an outcome of any competitive election. It is simply what the EPRDF has decided to do, to present something which is not acceptable to any democratically minded party or individual. Read More »»»


Democratization in Ethiopia: Complete Failure - HRLHA

May 31, 2010 - A week after Ethiopia's May 2010 elections, the fourth since the fall of the Dergue Regime, both the Ethiopian peoples and that of the world have undoubtedly learnt that absolute authoritarianism is back in place in Ethiopia by Mr. Meles Zenawi's ruling EPRDF party almost fully controlling the 547-seat parliament, clearing it off the opposition party members. Although Ethiopia's last week election results came not as a surprise, given the pre-election harassment and intimidation of members and supporters of opposition parties as well as the silencing of media and advocacy groups by the ruling EPRDF party, it is surprising that Mr. Meles Zenawi this time didn't care even about what some observers call "Donors' Democracy," which he used to maintain by allowing a few candidates of opposition parties to win seats in the Parliament. Read More »»»


EU Chief Observer, T. Berman, Hits Back at Ethiopian Herald's Bias

May 27, 2010 - With more than great interest I have read your article this morning ("EU EOM says NEBE competent, professional to administer national election", as published in the Ethiopian Herald) on our findings regarding the May 23 elections in Ethiopia. You may imagine that I, as the Chief Observer, find it highly important that the Ethiopian citizens have full access to accurate public information on these findings.

Being a former journalist myself, I understand that you cannot possibly highlight everything present in a report of 11 pages, in an article that is necessarily much shorter. However, in this article, you exclusively show the positive points we have mentioned on these elections. Not the smallest point of our regrettably important list of factual criticism found room in your text. Read More »»»


Gadaa.comEthiopian Opposition Leader Says Supporters 'Hunted' After Poll (Bloomberg) May 26, 2010

Gadaa.comTwo Ethiopia opposition members killed after poll (Reuters) May 26, 2010

Gadaa.comZenawi Threatens to Detain Opposition Leaders Amid Calls for Re-Run (Bloomberg) May 26, 2010


Elections in Ethiopia – the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office

May 27, 2010 - Foreign Office Minister Henry Bellingham addresses 23 May turnout and preliminary statement issued by European Union Election Observation Mission.

Foreign Office Minister Henry Bellingham said:

"I welcome the fact that the Ethiopian elections, which took place on 23 May, were conducted in a peaceful environment and that the Ethiopian people turned out to vote in large numbers. I call on all parties to continue to reject violence.

"I note the preliminary statement issued by the European Union Election Observation Mission (EOM), which is well-placed to give an independent, impartial assessment of the Ethiopian elections ..." Read More »»»


Editorial: Bad company

May 27, 2010 - Because it is an ally against terrorism, Ethiopia has been rewarded with millions of dollars in U.S. military aid. Not only that, the U.S. government also has largely been silent in regard to many human-rights abuses in the country.

And, just as with Afghanistan, this country is unlikely to do more than mildly rebuke the results of Ethiopia's parliamentary election. The balloting Sunday occurred amid criticism by international observers that government repression had guaranteed the results before any vote was cast. Read More »»»


Provisional Results: Opposition 1 Seat, EPRDF/TPLF and Allies 544, Independent 1

May 26, 2010 - According to the updated provisional results from NEBE, the Opposition as a whole has 1 seat (Medrek from the Finfinne/Addis Ababa region), EPRDF/TPLF and allies have 544 seats, and 1 seat goes to an independent from the SNNP region.

In related story, a study conducted by Addis Neger shows that the 99.63% (544 out of 546 reported so far) victory claim of EPRDF breaks records set by many of Africa's worst dictatorial ruling juntas of the last 20 years. Read about it more at AddisNegerOnline.com.

Why did the EPRDF/TPLF government decide to have no meaningful opposition in the parliament? Read More »»»


White House on Ethiopian Election: An environment conducive to free and fair elections was not in place

May 26, 2010 - We acknowledge the conclusion of Ethiopia's parliamentary elections on May 23, 2010. We commend the people of Ethiopia for their civic participation and note that the voting proceeded peacefully.

We are concerned that international observers found that the elections fell short of international commitments. We are disappointed that U.S. Embassy officials were denied accreditation and the opportunity to travel outside of the capital on Election Day to observe the voting. The limitation of independent observation and the harassment of independent media representatives are deeply troubling. Read More »»»



Implications of a Landslide Win for Zenawi

Reuters - "It means that the EPRDF had decided - and successfully taken the appropriate authoritarian measures - not only to be the unquestionable winner of the 2010 elections, but also to get its revenge on the opposition by humiliating it in 2010 as much as it felt humiliated by the opposition's push in 2005 …"
- Rene Lefort Read More »»»

Unease over extent of ruling party's landslide in Ethiopia

May 26, 2010 - The Guardian - Ethiopia's ruling party and its allies won 99.6% of parliamentary seats in Sunday's election, according to preliminary results, raising serious questions over the country's democratic direction.

The Ethiopian national electoral board announced today that the Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) - the party of the prime minister, Meles Zenawi - had secured 499 out of the 547 seats, with allied parties winning a further 35. Read More »»»


Out Goes Election, In Comes Nile - Post Election Diversion

May 26, 2010 - The Nile River renegotiation effort that was escalated to a new high tone with the signing of a new deal just prior to the Ethiopian general election is expected to dominate the news circuits in the coming few weeks.

Already, the "opposition" (which just got eliminated from the domestic political system) is united with the newly re-crowned ruling junta on the issue of Nile. Here are some of the statements from the "opposition" ... Read More »»»

Gadaa.comU.S. says Ethiopia vote not up to international standards May 25, 2010

Gadaa.comNEBE: With Votes from 98% Constituencies Counted, Opposition Wins 1 Seat May 25, 2010

Gadaa.comZenawi's Ethiopian election sting (Al Jazeera) May 25, 2010

Gadaa.comEthiopian Poll Was Not Fair - Chief EU Observer. "Completely Fraudulent" - Merera Gudina May 25, 2010

Gadaa.comSeye Defeated in Tembien, the "Election Has Been Stolen" May 25, 2010

Gadaa.comEthiopia: Government Repression Undermines Poll | Human Rights  Watch May 25, 2010

Gadaa.comThe 2010 Election, Blogging, Medrek and the Future of Ethiopia | Oromsis Adula May 25, 2010

Gadaa.comEthiopian Election 2010: Peering at the Numbers | Jawar S. Mohammed May 24, 2010

Gadaa.comAnxiously awaiting who gets to go to Arat Kilo, Kaliti, Ma'ekalawi | Oromsis Adula May 24, 2010

Video, Audio ...

  By Amir Arts

Embarrassing "Victory" Shows Climate of Fear - Jawar & HRW

Al Jazeera's Mike Hanna discusses Ethiopian Election with his guests Bereket Simon, Jawar Mohammed and HRW's Leslie Lefkow - Watch.

"If they continue to support the Meles regime from now on, I think that will be a major crime against humanity in the region." - Jawar S. Mohammed

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Ed.'s Note: Phenotypically and genetically, the Zenawi system of government is identical to that of North Korea's Kim Jong-il. Would the West support and fund Kim Jong-il's repression against the Korean people in order to secure the Korean Peninsula? Why are the plights of the peoples of Ethiopia flat out ignored?! The Horn of African region can be secured, and its peoples can be relieved of thousands of years of repression at the same time; for the sake of humanity, please do not make "security" and "human rights" an either-or dilemma.

Gadaa.comMerera Gudina: Ethiopia 'a defacto One-Party State'

VOA Interview May 26

Gadaa.comMay 26, 2010 Herman Cohen: "If the opposition rejects [the election] then it makes it difficult to consider the election legitimate." Read More

Beyene Petros & Hailu Shawel Call for Election Re-Run May 26

U.S. State Dept. Reaction to Ethiopian Election May 26, 2010

Gadaa.comPRELIMINARY STATEMENT: High turnout on a peaceful and orderly Election Day marred by a narrowing of political space and an uneven playing field (The European Union - Election Observation Mission - Ethiopia 2010) May 25, 2010

Gadaa.comMerera Gudina: I see more darker days ahead if govt continues to steal the election May 21, 2010

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