Ethiopia Expects to Hold General Elections in Next 12 Months

Ethiopia Expects to Hold General Elections in Next 12 Months

Ethiopia expects to hold general elections in the next 12 months after an earlier vote scheduled for August was postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic.

“I really want the elections, for the Ethiopian people to pick who they want and confirm the legitimacy of the government,” Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said on state-controlled Ethiopian Broadcasting Corp. Lawmakers voted to extend the government’s mandate until a ballot is held.

(Bloomberg) — Ethiopia expects to hold general elections in the next 12 months after an earlier vote scheduled for August was postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic.

“I really want the elections, for the Ethiopian people to pick who they want and confirm the legitimacy of the government,” Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said on state-controlled Ethiopian Broadcasting Corp. Lawmakers voted to extend the government’s mandate until a ballot is held.

Authorities have had time to learn about the virus, and a vaccine will probably be available to protect people, Abiy said, adding relevant institutions will make a final decision on a schedule.

The ballot is seen as a test for Abiy, who won last year’s Nobel Peace Prize. Reforms implemented by his administration have partly deepened political tension in the country, with some groups calling for greater regional autonomy. The Tigray region this week held elections despite a ban by the federal government.

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Going beyond the current headlines about TPLF and its regional election.
To help you understand the intellectual and political history of TPLF, see this shortened timeline, which I put together.
1. TPLF’s political motivation comes from peasant revolt( Wayane) against Haile Selassie’s feudal rule.
2. TPLF came to life in 1974 after the Junta military regime failed to democratise the Peasant issues.
3. The initial manifesto of TPLF was to secede from the Ethiopian Empire.
4. Collective leadership was the norm for TPLF throughout its arm-struggle.
5. The Mid-1980s there was an ideological shift( among TPLF leaders) from an outright secession to stay in if Ethiopia works for the Tigray interest.
6. In 1991 Victorious TPLF assumed power and started the domination of every facet of the social, political and economic life of Ethiopia.
7. In 1994 TPLF’s constructed Federal constitution was ratified to allow the original thinking of in if Ethiopia works for Tigray or out if it doesn’t.
8. In 1998- 2000 devastating Ethio- Eritrea war and the start of Meles Zenawi’s first among equals status.
9. Between 2000-2005 witnessed massive purges of old guards of TPLF who disagreed with Meles.
10. Between 2005-2012 TPLF’s autocratic rule- arresting, exiling, killing and winning elections with an absolute majority.
11. In 2012 brought the death of TPLF’s longtime leader and the start of party decline.
12. In 2015 Junior parts in the TPLF’s constructed coalition started emerging from the shadow.
13. 2018 the demise of TPLF’s national power and the rise of Abiy and Oromo/Amhara momentum.
14. 2019 saw the birth of PP and the isolation of TPLF.
15. 2020- to-date: COVID 19, national election postponement, the drift of TPLF away from the centre and finally the regional election of TPLF.
– Dr Nur Hassan