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Addis Ababa University, in collaboration with Goethe Institute Addis Ababa and Friedrich-Ebert Stiftung, used to organize a dialogue under the theme “Democracy and the Social Question: Some Contributions to a Dialogue in Ethiopia,” back in 2009.
The Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) and the federal government have been at odds ever since PM Abiy Ahmed (PhD) came to power in 2018. The TPLF’s refusal to join its former comrades of the Ethiopian Peoples’ Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) coalition, in an amalgamated party which came to be known as Prosperity Party (PP), drew the formal line of separation between the two forces.
The long awaited sixth general elections were conducted earlier this week, with either the preliminary or the final results of the election yet to be announced by the National Election Board of Ethiopia (NEBE). However, many parties in the opposition camp have raised their flags against irregularities they faced on Election Day.
The time allotted for political parties to campaign officially closed on Wednesday. With voting expected to take place on Monday, the end of campaigning nearly marks the end of the pre-election period. So, it is befitting to assess this period of controversies.
Abdulkadir Adem (PhD) is the Chairman of Freedom and Equality Party (FEP). Before his career in politics, he worked in different offices mostly in Afar Regional State, where he served in, among others, plan and economy, rural road and education bureaus of the region.
Getaneh Balcha is the head of Political Affairs for the Addis based opposition political party Balderas for True Democracy a.k.a. Balderas.
After seceding from Sudan in 2011 following nearly 40 years of civil war, South Sudan found itself in a devastating conflict by the end of 2013. This happened when political disputes coupled with pre-existing ethnic and political fault lines went out of control.
The Ethiopian Citizens for Social Justice a.k.a. EZEMA criticized the incumbent for irregularities that have materialized in the pre-election period such as voter and candidate registration, labeling the incumbent a major obstacle to a free and fair election.