Tag Archives: OPDO

Abadula Gemeda: A Force to be Reckoned With?

Pending resignation, House Speaker Abadula Gemeda still presides over parliament

More questions than answers. Seen as a rubber stamp speaker by many, Abadula Gemeda is considered as a force to be reckoned by his Oromo supporters. However, it’s not yet clear if the renewed protests in the Oromia region has anything to do with his resignation.


Speaker of the Ethiopian parliament, Abadula Gemeda, who submitted his resignation last week has presided on Thursday over a regular session of the House of People’s Representatives.

Gemeda’s announcement of resignation last week sparked speculations and debate whether the one-time defense minister and president of the Oromia region has real power to shake the Tigrayan dominated regime. Continue reading Abadula Gemeda: A Force to be Reckoned With?

Why Ethiopia is Making a Historic ‘Master Plan’ U-turn

The Oromo People Democratic Organization (OPDO) that governs the Oromia region and part of the ruling EPRDF party said it has decided to fully rollback the controversial draft Master Plan in a bid to contain the two month old crisis that resulted in the death of 150 Oromo students and the arrest of thousands.

By Mathias Muindi | for BBC,

A controversial plan by the Ethiopian government to expand the capital, Addis Ababa, is set to be scrapped after a key member of the ruling coalition withdrew its support. The expansion plan sparked deadly violence in the central-southern state of Oromia, which surrounds Addis Ababa.

Rights groups say that at least 150 protesters have died and another 5,000 have been arrested by security forces. Similar protests in May 2014 left dozens of protesters dead.

Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn had vowed on 16 December that his government would be “merciless” towards the protesters, who he described as “anti-peace forces”.  Continue reading Why Ethiopia is Making a Historic ‘Master Plan’ U-turn

Hailemariam Desalegn: A ‘Seat Warmer’ or an Unwitting Potentially Powerful Puppet?

A threat to TPLF’s unbridled power in Ethiopia would come not from the ‘opposition’ or outside forces but from the Amhara ANDM and Oromo OPDO coalition that it created itself. To counterbalance the populations supposedly represented by these two, TPLF created a third ally from a brand new Southern Nations Nationalities and Peoples’ (SNNP). PM Hailemariam is from SNNP and is, therefore, crucial for the survival of TPLF. But, TPLF doesn’t seem to want Hailemariam to know how important he is and would seem to be doing everything it could to embarrass him or make him look inadequate and weak in front of the people of Ethiopia and the world – supposedly to keep him insecure and unsure of himself. 

By E Abraham,

The 5th round of the Ethiopian ‘elections’ has been and gone. Most predictions have been shown to be on the ball. The ruling EPRDF coalition has ‘won’ in a landslide; and in the process slightly increased its majority in the parliament from the 99.8% it had ‘won’ in 2010 to 100% this year. There were no surprises, and it appears to be business as usual for the incumbent ‘led’ by the Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn (PM HD).  Continue reading Hailemariam Desalegn: A ‘Seat Warmer’ or an Unwitting Potentially Powerful Puppet?

Ethiopia’s Scandal-Hit FM Blames the Schoolgirl

IMMORAL. After being embarrassed internationally, Foreign Minister Tedros Adhanom finally chose to unabashedly blame the 14yo Beritu Jaleta for the scandal. Why using a teenage schoolgirl for a cheap and twisted investment propaganda in the first place?


Foreign Minister Tedros Adhanom’s scandalous bedtime fairy tale that he told to the people of Ethiopia on TV, radio and social media about an award-winning 14-year old schoolgirl that came all the way from Australia with 20 million dollars in her pocket to partner with the regime has suffered a final blow. Continue reading Ethiopia’s Scandal-Hit FM Blames the Schoolgirl

Ethiopian Government Quietly Disintegrating: ION

It is not necessary to wait until all conditions for making revolution exist. Time to let the criminal TPLF regime fall, Irreversibly

By Africa Intelligence,

THE general election looming ahead in 2015 is already casting a shadow over the Ethiopian government, whose sole uniting bond would seem to be its praise for the memory of its late Prime Minister Meles Zenawi.

His portraits are on all the walls in Addis Ababa, which was not the case when he was alive, and in the Federal Assembly a video projector plays his speeches with the aim of inspiring the new MPs. And yet, since Meles Zenawi died in August 2012, the federal government has been rudderless, lacking a descendent.

His successor as Prime Minister, Haile Mariam Desalegn, has neither the grip nor the political clout and has not managed to impose himself on the other political leaders. Continue reading Ethiopian Government Quietly Disintegrating: ION

The State of Higher Education Students in Ethiopia

In Ethiopia today, Education is indoctrination; feeding the youth with a propaganda diet rich in misinformation, worn out slogans and sterile dogmas from a bygone era.

By Zelalem Abate,

Academic activities such as studying, teaching, inventing, leading, administrating and other responsibilities in a university or college require at a minimum academic freedom. Unfortunately, however, academic freedom in higher education institutions of Ethiopia is drier than the Sahara desert.

Ethiopians who have been part of these institutions as a student, teacher, or any other workers have been grilled by this desert. Although, no one can tell better than we, the victims of this inferno; national and international human rights organizations have documented the absence of freedom of expression, association, and assembly in the colleges and Universities of Ethiopia [1].  Continue reading The State of Higher Education Students in Ethiopia