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Change of guard

Change of guard

After a marathon session of intraparty debate and criticism and self-criticism processes, the Tigrayan People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), the oldest among the four-party coalition, the Ethiopian Peoples’ Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF), announced the removal of its chairman, Abay Woldu, the demotion of Abay and Beyene Mikru, member of the executive committee and deputy chairman of the parastatal, the Endowment Fund for the Rehabilitation of Tigray (EFFORT), to central committee and the suspension of Azeb Mesfin, the former first lady and chairwoman of EFFORT, from all party activities.

Consequently, Debretsion Gebremichael (PhD), Minister of Information and Communication Technology, and Fetlework Gebregziabher, another member of the executive committee, were appointed to lead the party as chairman and deputy chairwomen. However, the question in everyone’s mind is whether the leadership change is enough to arrest the recent political turmoil in Ethiopia as the fate of the nation hangs in the balance.