Democratic Deficit Pushes Ethiopia to Dictatorship

By Eidmon Tesfaye | Addis Fortune (Addis Ababa)

zone9 bloggers6 300x168In the good old days, it used to be the tradition of dictators to sit at home and never show their faces in the capitals or in most parts of their own countries. They respected the self-imposed isolation in the grand palace prison they constructed and did not pretend to love or be loved.Gagging the Media in Ethiopia It was a very refreshing condition for their subjects. They listened to the pronouncements of the dictator on the radio, watched the dictator cutting some ribbon surrounded by his security force on television or read about him in the local rag that passed itself as a newspaper.

Read more: Ethiopian Election: Aaargh! T-TPLF “Wins” Again!

By Alemayehu G. Mariam

TPLF logo 300x303Congratulations are in order to the T-TPLF for winning a hard fought thuglection! “Politicians are like diapers. They both need changing regularly and for the same reason.” But not in T-TPLF’s Ethiopia! Poor Ethiopia is condemned to wear the Thugtatorship of the Tigrean People Liberation Front (T-TPLF) diaper for five more years, for a total of 25. That is a quarter of a century. Talk about a country with a super-duper streak of BAD LUCK.TPLF logo

Read more: Ethiopian Election: Aaargh! T-TPLF “Wins” Again!

amnesty international 300x167(Amnesty International) The run-up to Ethiopia’s elections on Sunday has been marred by gross, systematic and wide-spread violations of ordinary Ethiopians’ human rights, says Amnesty International.Amnesty International “The lead-up up to the elections has seen an onslaught on the rights to freedom of expression, association and assembly. This onslaught undermines the right to participation in public affairs freely and without fear as the government has clamped down on all forms of legitimate dissent,” said Muthoni Wanyeki, Amnesty International’s Regional Director for East Africa, the Horn and the Great Lakes.

Read more: Ethiopia: Onslaught on human rights ahead of elections

Hailemariam Desalegn10 628x398(AP) Rights groups said elections on Sunday in Ethiopia, Africa’s second most populous country, would not be free or fair due to a clampdown on freedom of speech. Ethiopia on Sunday holds its first general election since the death of long-time strongman Meles Zenawi whose successor, Hailemariam Desalegn, is almost certain to stay in office.

Over 36.8 million Ethiopians have registered to vote in what is seen by the international community as a key test of the state’s commitment to bringing greater democracy to the Horn of Africa nation.

Read more: Rights groups said elections in Ethiopia, would not be free or fair!


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