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Credible self-assessment needed

The ruling Ethiopian Peoples’ Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) is today celebrating the silver jubilee anniversary of its assumption of power by toppling the military Derg regime. It is touting successes in accelerating economic growth as well as encouraging strides in the social arena as it looks back on its twenty-five-year administration.

An exercise in futility

As a critical factor in fulfilling the hopes and aspirations of a nation, it is of paramount importance that the overarching plan where by the government sets out to accomplish this goal must be properly formulated and put into practice.

Abandoning practices detracting from the national interest

The ability of a government to lead a country capably and the fulfillment of the needs of the public are among the foremost indicators which shows that a nation is on the path to becoming a stable and prosperous democracy. In their absence discontent and conflicts are bound to arise.

An opportune time for self-criticism

The massacre of 208 innocent civilians and the abduction of 102 children in the Ethiopian region of Gambella on April 16 by South Sudanese gunmen is one of the worst tragedies to take place in the country’s history.

Promoting national transparency

One of the downsides of Ethiopian traditions is the unimportance with which transparency is regarded. From individuals to the society to the government, most Ethiopians shun transparency in their personal dealings and managing the affairs of the state.