HAWASSA (EthiopiaOnline)―A total of 23 long-serving members of the Southern Ethiopian People’s Democratic Movement (SEPDM), including former Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, have retired with dignity from organization’s membership with honor.

The retired members are:

(1) Hailemariam Desalegn, (2) Shiferaw Shigute, (3) Siraj Fegessa, (4) Ambassador Teshome Toga, (5) Teklewold Atnafu, (6) Sani Redi, (7) Tagesse Chafo, (8) Ambassador Redwan Hussien, (9) Shiferaw Teklemariam, PhD, (10) Debebe Abera, (11) Mekuria Haile, (12) Ambassador Asfaw Dingamo Kame, (13) Kaydaki Gezahegn, (14) Temesgen Tilahun, (15) Wedo Ato, (16) Yacob Yala, (17) Solomon Tesfaye, (18) Tsegaye Mammo, (19) Negatu Dansa, (20) Admassu Ango, (21) Nuredin Hassen, (22) Moluka wubneh, (23) Abuto Anito, and (24) Kamil Ahmed.

The 10th Organizational Congress of SEPDM was being in Hawassa, the Capital of Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples’ Region (SNNPR) on which strong resolutions which accelerate the ongoing reforms at regional as well national levels were discussed and passed.

Despite the achievements of SEPDM in bringing about substantial changes in the lives of the people in the multi-ethnic region during the past 27 years, replenishing the movement with new blood is crucial for the continuity of the achievements, participants of the congress expressed.

SEPDM, one of the four parties in the Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) coalition, holds 123 seats, out of 547, in the House of Peoples’ Representatives. In the August 2005 Regional assembly elections, SEPDM won 271 out of 348 seats in the Southern Nations, Nationalities, and People’s Region (SNNPR). Originally known as the Southern Ethiopia Peoples Democratic Front, the SEPDM was founded in 1992 and Mrs. Muferiat Kamil is the current Chairwoman of the Party.

In recent years SNNPR, home to more than 20 million Ethiopians as of May 2018 (about 45 ethnic groups), has been experiencing such challenges as ethnic clashes, lack of good governance and corruption and it is believed that the congress would pass decisive to tack these and related issues in the region.

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