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Opposition groups in Ethiopia and the ruling
party of Prime Minister Meles Zenawi have reportedly agreed to new rules for
next year’s elections.
The new electoral laws reportedly outline campaigning,
voting and party symbol guidelines and how to deal with intimidation and
violence and call for the establishment of a panel to handle
Nega, a former leader of the
Coalition for Unity and Democracy (CUD) and now a member of the Ginbot 7 said Ethiopia is not a conducive country for
the issues that make a democratic election do not exist in Ethiopia
at this time, starting from the independence of the election board, the
independence of the military and the police, judiciary all are in the pocket of
the ruling class. And in the absence of a fair and leveled playing ground there
is no meaning in an election,” he said.
said the 2010 election will most likely be similar to the 2008 local election when he said Prime Minister Meles Zenawi’s ruling party won 99
point nine percent of the vote.
said two of the opposition parties that reportedly agreed on the new rules for next year’s
election were created by the government.
know there are three parties who participated in this. Two of them are the
parties created by the ruling party. So these are not serious parties. This is
just simply to show to the gullible international community that there is some
election taking place. But nobody in Ethiopia is taking it seriously at all,”
said his party would not take part in what he described as a sham election in
think by now Africans are aware what actually is going on in the name of
elections. Elections are supposed to be mechanisms through which popular will
would be reflected. But in our continent in most countries, especially in
Ethiopia, it has become an exercise in futility,” he said.
was elected mayor of Addis Ababa in the 2005 election, but he and other
opposition leaders were later jail after the government charged them with
genocide and treason.
said since 2005 Ethiopia has turned into a totalitarian state and that the only
option for most Ethiopians is to remove the government.
by African standards, this is a suffocating dictatorship that has completely
the life out of Ethiopian politics and for most Ethiopians now the only way out
of this political quagmire is to get rid of this government by one means or
another,” he said.
concord his comments would be interpreted as seeking the overthrow of the Meles
am very, very clear and ardent than this. Unless otherwise people are free they
cannot solve their basic economic problems...we have a very unpopular government, despotic government. Unless otherwise
people start to take responsibility for their lives, I don’t think you’re going
to make significant change in the economic wellbeing of the people,” Nega said.
said the recent famine in Ethiopia is the result of the Meles Zenawi government
being much more interested in staying in power rather than developing the
country and saving the people.
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