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National dialogue: concept aloof to Ethiopian elite

As common prescription for healing the wounds of the past, national reconciliation, national dialogue and national consensus are the most commonly suggested remedies by the different political actors, elites, scholars and notable public figures in Ethiopian political, social, economic and historical affairs.

Modeling Ethiopia’s Change

Political changes have become increasingly trickier since the turn of the millennium. The political wave that transpired in the Balkans and countries under the former Soviet Union during the early years of the century, despite being labeled as revolution, defies conventional knowledge about revolutions.

Future of escalating Federal–Tigray tension

The dispute between the federal government and the Tigray Regional Government seems to have reached a tipping point. The small bubbles that have been building up for more than two years since the last General Assembly of the defunct four-party coalition of the Ethiopian Peoples’ Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) in Hawassa, look to have gathered mass and the resulting tornado approaching the shores.

Crunch Time

In one of the most action-packed weeks in recent history, the Ethiopian bi-cameral Parliament has kick-started its unique sixth-year term, having its term extended after the decision to postpone the General Elections due to COVID-19 pandemic

Consortium plans national dialogue

A consortium of Political Parties’ Joint Council, Destiny Ethiopia, and Yehasab Ma’ed (Plate of ideas) in concert with the Ministry of Peace plans a national dialogue initiative dubbed Multi-stakeholder Initiative for National Dialogue (MIND- Ethiopia).

HoF Green Lights Regional Statehood

The House of Federation on Tuesday approved unanimously the request of five zonal administrations and one special Woreda (district) under the Southern Nations, Nationalities and People’s Region (SNNPR) to hold a referendum towards coming together to form a new regional state.  

President opens new parliamentary session

In its extended sixth-year tenure, the Ethiopian parliament was officially opened on Monday with President Sahlework Zewde addressing the joint session of the two houses on plan of the government for the upcoming budget year.

Nation on edge

The transition that many hoped would transform Ethiopia to a more democratic state has never been devoid of challenges from day one. Frequent protests have consumed the energy of both the government and the public.

New parliamentary term to kick-off amid tension

In what many expect to be a contentious move that can escalate the ill-feeling between the Tigray Regional State and the Federal government, the House of People’s Representatives (HPR) and House of Federation (HoF) will hold their 6th year joint session on Monday, October 5, 2020.