Amendment of the various legislations which were considered to be repressive including the FDRE Constitution has been on the top of the listof topics frequently raised within the Ethiopian political elite.
It was back in July 2018, while Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed (PhD) was visiting the US that he made a pledgeto thousands of Ethiopiansin the diaspora that the ultimate goal of his administration would be to ensure that a democratic election takes place in Ethiopia. In this regard, many political commentators and members of the opposition block zeroedin on one very important year: the year 2020.Meanwhile, many advised the administration to widen the political space in preparation to a truly competitive and inclusive national election.
Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed (PhD), who assumed the premiership months ago, extended his invitation to all exiled political groups to come back home and conduct their struggle through peaceful means. Hence, following the invitation, many political groups and forces started returning home.
The past few months will probably be recorded as being one of the rarest in the history of the Horn of Africa since an unprecedented tripartite alliance was formed by old foes Ethiopia, Eritrea and Somalia heralding the dawn of a new era.
Underscoring the power of the Media, those in the public relations game often say “There is no such a thing as bad publicity”. Although it is not based in truth, this common adage reaffirms the value of grabbing the public’s attention regardless of the intention– whether in good or bad.
In his less than one year stint as Prime Minister of Ethiopian Abiy Ahmed (PhD), 42, has managed to taketheworld by surprise. So much so that most viewed global news networks can’t stop talking about his exploits since he emerged as the leader of his ‘fragile East African country’. In fact, his elevation to the highest office of the government was not only astounding but also least expected. He was not among top political figures in the ruling Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) since some two years ago.
When Eritrea separated from Ethiopia in 1995, it was not welcomed by many Ethiopians.To be honest the eventual consequence of the decision which was poised to leave Ethiopia landlocked was one of the biggest factors behind Ethiopia’s anxiety.
The issue of national consensus and reconciliation is not a new subject to Ethiopian politics particularly given its history of recurrence since the coming to power of the incumbent Ethiopian Peoples’ Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF). Many especially in the opposition camp have been pushing for some sort of national reconciliation and the establishment of a government reflecting this national reconciliation and consensus.
In a dining room reserved for only ten people for a banquet at a fancy hotel in the middle of Shenzhen, two executives of ZTE Corporation, a Chinese telecom multinational, are seen sitting around a shiny dining table–the vice president and managing director for corporate branding— Shu, David Dai and his deputy.