What is urgent is to bring down the tension by focusing the hopes and energies of the activists on a political way out, in the form of a tested, unchallengeable mechanism. – Open Democracy
By René Lefort (Open Democracy) |
The crisis in Ethiopia has suddenly gained momentum and reached a tipping point. Things could go either way. The country could dig itself even deeper, with consequences that don’t bear thinking about. Or there could be a broad realization that Ethiopia is “at the precipice”, bringing a surge of realism and pragmatism that would finally start a process of political rebuilding on solid, inclusive and lasting foundations.
This will require compromise, an attitude that is, to say the least, somewhat unfamiliar in traditional Ethiopian culture. All the actors will have to find a balance between what they would like to get and what they can get, between the short-term and the long-term. But time is short, numbered in weeks, maybe days.
The system of government introduced in 1991, and monopolized by Meles Zenawi from the early 2000s, is irremediably dead. It had been in its death-throes since Meles’s sudden demise in 2012. The snap resignation of Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn on February 15 marked the serving of the official death certificate.
He had privately indicated his intention to resign, but not until after the planned spring congress of the governing coalition of the four major ethnic parties: the Amhara National Democratic Movement (ANDM), the Oromo Peoples’ Democratic Organization (OPDO), the Tigrayan People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) and the Southern Ethiopian People’s Democratic Movement (SEPDM).
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- What triggered unrest in Ethiopia? ― Al Jazeera
- Why is Ethiopia in upheaval? This brief history explains a lot. ― The Washington Post
- Ethiopia Needs ‘Fresh Forces’ to Deal With Upheaval, Hailemariam’s Party Says ― Bloomberg
- Premier quitting and state of emergency signal urgent need for reform in Ethiopia ― The Conversation
- Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Submits Resignation amid Prolonged Political Unrest and Ant-Government Protests