Now the Amhara Democratic Party (ADP), The organization has been using the old name, the Amhara National Democratic Movement, since 1994.

UPDATE: Mr. Demeke Mekonnen will stay in the Central Committee, after a voting was held on whether he should stay in the committee or retire as per the request. The participants voted in favor of letting him stay in the committee.

BAHIR DAR―The Amhara Nationals Democratic Movement (ANDM), one of four members of the ruling Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF), rebranded itself by changing name and logo.

The congress that has been deliberating on various issues for the past few days has changed the party’s name to Amhara Democratic Party (ADP).

The organization, which represents mainly the Amhara people of Ethiopia, has been using the name, the Amhara National Democratic Movement, since 1994.

The Ethiopian People’s Democratic Movement (EPDM), the predecessor of ANDM, was founded by former members of the Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Party (EPRP) with the support of Tigrayan People’s Liberation Front (TPLF).

EPDM changed its name to Amhara National Democratic Movement (ANDM), marking its transition from a pan-Ethiopian movement to an ethnic party in 1994 at its third organizational conference.

The party has also changed its logo as part of the rebranding process. Light green, yellow and bright red with an emblem showing torch, wheat, industry and river Nile is going to be the new logo.

During the opening session of ANDM’s 12th organizational congress in Bahir Dar, the organization’s Chairperson Mr. Demeke Mekonnen said, the congress would pass resolutions that will further the process of the ongoing reform. He also said, “We solve our complex problems not only working alone; we need to work in collaboration with political parties, sister organizations, neighboring region and other concerned bodies.”

Demeke expressed hope that the congress will bring people who have the skill and courage to the leadership and pass resolutions that would help to build unity of purpose thereby successfully lead the reform.

Chief Administrator of Amhara Regional State, Gedu Andargachew, on his part said ANDM is experienced organization that has been working to solve the problems of the region and the country.

“The current reforms being underway in the country will help us to transfer a prosperous nation to the next generation. So, we have to learn the strength and weakness of other countries and come up with solutions that would address problem we have been facing”, Gedu said.

On the fourth day of the Amhara Democratic Party meeting (i.e. on September 30th, 2018), the organizations Central Committee requested the congress for the official retirement of some of long-serving members including Chairperson Demeke Mekonnen, who is also the Deputy Prime Minister of FDRE. The Central Committee has put the request o the table and the list includes emeritus, ambassadorship and honorary retirement, as follows.

  • Honorary retirement

Mr. Demeke Mekonnen, Mr. Kebede Chanie, Mr. Mekonnen Yelewumwessen, Mrs. Firehiwot Ayalew, and Mr. Getachew Ambaye

  • Emeritus retirement

Mr. AlemnewMekonnen, Mr. Legesse Tulu, Mr. GetachewJember, Mr. Ibrahim Muhammad, Mr. Dealegn Ambaw, and Mrs. BanchiyergaMelesse

  • Ambassadorship retirement

Mr. Kassa Tekleberhan  and Mrs. Zenebu Tadesse

The last day of the five-day congress meeting was be held on Monday (Oct. 1) to give a decision on this request of the long-serving members’ retirement as well as to elect the next Chairman and Deputy Chairperson, Central Committee as well as Executive Committee members. It was reported that Demeke Mekonnen will stay in the Central Committee after a voting was held on whether he should stay in the committee or retire as per the request. The participants voted in favor of letting him stay in the committee.

The Amhara Democratic Party holds 138 seats, out of 547, in the House of Peoples’ Representatives. In the May 2010 Regional State Council elections, the ANDM won all 294 seats in the Amhara Region State.

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