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Ethiopia: Medrek on Democracy, Economy, Federalism, Assab, Education, Health

Posted: Guraandhala/February 24, 2010 · Finfinne Tribune | Gadaa.com | Comments (1)

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Brief Summary from the Video


Medrek is a coalition of these parties:

ON DEMOCRACY, HUMAN RIGHTS AND THE RULE OF LAW

    Failed Policies of the Government in Power for the Last 18 Years:

  • Political problems are results of the misguided Revolutionary Democracy ideology of the ruling party, EPRDF.
  • EPRDF’s Revolutionary Democracy is creating hegemony of one political party in Ethiopia.
  • EPRDF’s Revolutionary Democracy: against multi-party political system
  • EPRDF’s Revolutionary Democracy: against the Ethiopian Constitution
  • Revolutionary Democracy and EPRDF: against the rule of law in Ethiopia
  • Medrek’s Stance:

  • Medrek stands for creating a multi-party political system in Ethiopia.
  • Medrek opposes the government’s policy of persecuting political opponents.
  • Medrek will work to reverse laws with anti-Constitutional elements. Examples of repressive laws of the EPRDF government: the Press Law, the Civic Society Law and the so-called Anti-Terrorism Law.
  • Medrek stands for nonpartisan judges and an independent judiciary branch, both of which do not exist in Ethiopia under the current government.
  • Medrek will limit the term of the Prime Minister to two [each 5 years].
  • Medrek will foster an environment conducive to free press.

ON THE ECONOMY

    Failed Policies of the Government in Power for the Last 18 Years:

  • Government’s agriculture-led economic development policy has resulted in famine, unemployment, and poverty over the last 18 years.
  • Government’s economic policy has made a few millionaires while millions have impoverished at the same time.
  • Current high unemployment is the result of misguided economic policy.
  • Drought only leads to famine under bad economic policy as seen over 18 years.
  • Despite abundance of water resource: high level of starvation and famine
  • Current land policy has led to evictions of farmers to make ways for foreign investments.
  • Medrek’s Stance:

  • Medrek’s economic policy: balanced development of all sectors, especially the agriculture, the industry and the service.
  • Medrek: technical and financial support to investors and small-business owners
  • Medrek opposes government’s discrimination by labeling opponents as “rent seekers”.
  • Medrek’s land policy: ownership should be given to the farmer
  • Medrek’s stance on eminent domain: fair compensation to the farmer
  • Medrek will aggressively introduce modern irrigation techniques to combat drought and famine.

ON CIVIL SERVICE REFORM AND CORRUPTION

    Failed Policies of the Government in Power for the Last 18 Years:

  • Government’s BPR (business process re-engineering) reform of the civil service has failed to deliver due to a reward policy based on loyalty to the ruling party, not competency.
  • Institutions set up to fight corruption have miserably failed.
  • Medrek’s Stance:

  • Medrek will reform the civil service and reward based on competency rather than party loyalty.
  • Medrek strongly deplores the high level of corruption in the current government; even the National Bank of Ethiopia was not spared from the ongoing theft.
  • Securing democratic rights is essential in the fight against corruption to expose corrupt officials without fear of retaliations.

ON THE ASSAB PORT & THE ETHIOPIAN STATE STRUCTURE

    Medrek’s Stance:

  • Medrek respects both group rights of nations and individual rights of citizens.
  • Medrek is for one Ethiopia where states secure social/political/economic rights.
  • Medrek will work to legally restore the Assab Port as Ethiopia’s access to sea.

ON URBANIZATION, EDUCATION AND HEALTH

    Failed Policies of the Government in Power for the Last 18 Years:

  • Quality of education has deteriorated. Government has failed to identify problems and their solutions.
  • Lack of academic freedom, and growing number of political appointees in schools have led to failure of the education system.
  • Health workers are being forced to join the ruling party; and they waste their valuable time in propaganda.
  • Politicization has caused crisis in health sector; this has shifted the focus of the health sector from its job of saving lives.
  • Medrek’s Stance:

  • Medrek: Improved basic services in urban areas, better urban land policy
  • Urbanization policy: better roads, rails, reliable electricity and advanced telecommunication systems
  • Fund schools by cutting millions of Birr spent on lavish propaganda parties.
  • Medrek will stop political meetings that are wasting teachers’ and students’ time.
  • Medrek: competency before loyalty, improved medical services
  • Medrek: affordable health services; free medical services to low-income groups

SPECIAL MESSAGES

  • Medrek: opposes divisive policies of EPRDF designed to keep itself in power
  • Medrek: Government labeling real opposition as “anti-peace” is dangerous & illegal
  • Medrek: Will relentlessly work for peace and development in Ethiopia
  • Medrek Is Peace; Medrek Is Love. Elect Medrek, We’ll Make You Proud! We’ll Bring Real CHANGE!

RELATED:
* Medrek’s Mini-Program: http://www.ethiomedia.com/course/medrek_mini_program.pdf
* Ethiopia: Keeping Them Honest – Where Does Medrek Stand on the Issues?

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One Response to THE COMMENT SECTION

  1. abas saed

    Feb 25, 10 at 9:37 am

    I abas ebro,born in oromia,in ethiopia.I can run for my people if i run i can win especially in eastern oromia.

    I can mobilize my people if MEDREK Gave me this chance.
    I am a person who 1st time thoght afaan oroomo for 1st time.

    please,i can be good nominee in your organization.

    from beginnig i was medrek supporter.

    Abas ebro of Toronto.