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Ethiopia’s PM: outside pressure over election wrong, dangerous


By Tesfa-Alem Tekle

December 12, 2009 (ADIS ABABA) – With only few months away for Ethiopian general election to go, Ethiopian Prime Minister, Meles Zenawi said that suggestions of putting an outside influence to press government to conduct democratic election are wrong and unacceptable.

In a press conference he held with local journalists, Prime Minister Meles on Friday said that the only way to guarantee democratic election in the country is through constitution and any outside pressure would be an uncalled action.

‘‘The Ethiopian government doesn’t need any external pressure to hold a democratic, fair and peaceful election’’ He said.
‘‘To hold democratic election, the pressure of country’s constitution by itself is more than enough’’

The premier stressed that the government he leads never does not accept any outside pressure nor does it accept any foreign interference to his country’s internal affairs.

‘‘No matter degrees of pressure are mounted, for what it didn’t believe, the party in rule won’t do a thing under any pressure’’ Meles said adding ‘‘this is a government, no outside pressure could change its stand’’

The Ethiopian leader reaffirmed his government’s strong stand and belief to conduct a democratic and peaceful election. Further, adding that the ideas of putting an outside pressure for election are unnecessary and even could go unhealthy.

Ethiopians will go to polls in May 23 next year, the first since 2005 when nearly 200 people were killed in a post-election violence.

Ethiopian leaders have repeatedly expressed their commitment to conduct a first ever Democratic, fair and peaceful election.

The Ethiopian government has also invited observers including from the AU, the Carter Center and the European Union but the mechanism is on the pipeline and not yet finalized.

Recently, PM Meles Zenawi-led government and over 60 other political parties, including main opposition rivals sign a landmark agreement on an election code of conduct.

The government has done quite a good work so far, Meles said, citing the election code of conduct drafted based on international best practices and adopted by most of the opposition parties.


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  • 13 December 2009 08:02, by Issa

    Below an iconoclast view but truthful reading of Ethiopia’s history.

    Ethiopia social fabric is Sudan’s and appartheid South Africa historical role model from all point of view. In both cases Semitic populations from Arabic peninsula conquested land populated by black africans and enslaved their population.

    Ethiopia’s first known king stele boast about how the glorious Kaleb exterminated the now Erythrea highland population: the Kassu and the Bilen. This was the 5 BC but the propensity of Ethiopia’s new settlers to ethnic cleanssing, mass murders and territorial expansion is still on going mainly in the rich Oromia and Ogaden.

    It is rather a staggering imposture that drug addict ras Rastafari sect imposed to the historically illetrate global negro elite the myth that the Habesh (as Yemeni brown descendant are known)are an authentic indegenous african civilisation... and the mother of Africa and some pretend.

    The history of Ethiopia can be summarized as being one of a continuous territorial expansion sponsored since 1500 by christian Europe: first the portuguese and then modern colonial powers Britain, France, the United States, the Soviet Union and again the United States and Israel.

    Ethiopia’s democratic future is just an illusion, as it is for its much boasted economic recovery. But western hycrocrit elite who are deeply convinced that a negro will never stands on his feet are keen on entertaining these illusions.

    The implication for the Ethiopian themselves is that there is nothing to expect from Weyyane tugs. The shining path lying is front of them is one of a heroïc struggle to liberate africans communities locked up in this goele of nations and graveyard of hope.

    Oromo Fayya! Oromo Fayya! Oromo Fayya, sons of Borane, sons of Bale, Sons of Shewa, sons of Wallaga, Sons of Wallo the time for the great Yayya has come. Ogaden heroes, be assured that Oromos sons will confuse friends and foes.

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    • 14 December 2009 02:30, by Mohammad100

      Dear all,

      One may wonder when hearing the crocodile crying the fake and calculated cry. Meles Zinaw’s attempts to confuse the international communities continues. In fact now he is saying to the other communities of world "Leave me alone, and I will continue with my inhuman practices in the name of Democracy" The claimed outside pressure is another justification and mechanical gestures to continue the practical experiences of the oppression and exploitation of the Ethiopian people by these bunches of hooligans who came to the Ethiopian power through the Gun power, not Democratic process.

      It is true that all literature and biased historical documents portray very rosy pictures of the East African State known as "Ethiopia". But if we dig deeply into the History of the formation of the present colonial Ethiopia, the Empire is based on false premises supported by the Western powers and their bribed so called historians who wrote fabricated histories in fever of the Abyssinian tyrannical rulers. As it is based on false history, it used to dwell on the past legends. Instead of encouraging inventiveness and creativity, the system discourages these and boast of fabricated legendary histories of more than 3,000 years of civilization. In a country where more than 80% of the total populations’ rights is not respected (oppressed nations and nationalities and people who lately incorporated into the Ethiopian Empire), it is fake to think about development and in the real productive sense. The development designed did not include the sayings of the subject people at any given time in the claimed History. It rather focuses on the interests of the insignificant minority (Abyssinian rulers who are from the dynasty of Yemenites). But no body (educated or non educated Ethiopians) conceptualized if these people of different background were to live together, all the evils done on the oppressed nations and nationalities and people of the empire so far have to be confessed and a new contract be made to peacefully live together as one country based on equal opportunities for all the people of the country.

      Even if many scholars appear to agree on the issue that Ethiopia needs a fundamental change; the change that comes after an absolute evaluation of all its social fabrics including other related factors, the currently educated class of Ethiopians presumably who would like to present themselves as the agents of a productive change for the whole community, proved to be prescribing to the old traditions and handed down mechanisms and intriguing ways of interaction established by their previously governing feudal fathers. As witnessed by most present citizens of “Ethiopia”, the old generations’ philosophy, manners and means of interaction among the people necessitated a value change. The people definitely and loudly asked for a change as opposed to just continuing on the old path and traditions of government which produced nothing except wars, hatreds, destruction, wide spread poverty and negative expectations among all the walking souls of the country.

      Changes can be productive, non productive, or even threatening to a given group or constituency. But unless one takes a decisive action and steps out of the old comfort zones and try the new approach one will end up repeating the only way he/she knows how. That means one often repeats the cycles of the old generations’ outdated practices. If changes occur by a chance, all the anti change individuals will defend the old system in a very narcissistic manners claiming that it is the only right way as it was handed down to them from the past generations clinging to the old ways of life. What a pathetic status to be in. But this state of mind much better be altered if “in the best interest of the whole Nations to be served.

      It is often the educated classes that need to carry out their historical responsibilities as opposed to dwell in the past. It is true that the beneficiary groups or individuals may find change to be it very uncomfortable and even threatening when one challenges the legitimacy of their oppressive system. On the other hand, unless the learned individuals take the challenges and step out to be the role models for democratic changes, the phrase "education" will continue to have no persuasive and positive effect on the lives of the people, and will be conceptualized as one of the established bureaucratic mechanisms of the system. Besides, the world will keep on advancing towards a better governance, prosperity, and better lives leaving the non advancing old guards of the so-called educated class of Ethiopia or nay African Nation far behind at every juncture of innovation for societal changes. It is the dictations of the needs and the absolute reality that the educated elites of the country (Ethiopia) have to be creative, and come out of their old shells and see the world from different angles, which could be a real solution for the long over due miseries of people in that territory. Let one open his/her eyes and learn from other societies who were able to bridge a very wide and highly destructive animosities proved to be worst than what the Nation of Ethiopia had in Eastern part of Africa.

      Over all, when I am referring to the educated classes of Ethiopia, here I am not referring to an Educated; a PhD.D holder Ethiopian necessarily to emerge and be the celebrated leader of Ethiopia. No, not at all. I am referring to the spirit of the past Ethiopian students movements and the educated classes who were the vanguards and the inspiring force for the people of Ethiopia to revolt against the exploitative regimes of the county in the days the old regimes. Here again I am applying to their original spirits and commitments to the welfare of the people as opposed to loyally rendering their services for the oppressive ruling regimes, and the possibility of the continuity of adhering to their previous gallant and honorable causes. At the same time, we all comprehend the reality and ask our selves: “How many PhD. D holders do we have in Ethiopia who acts just like brain dead mummies, caring for nothing except their pseudo positions at the expenses of the people they came from?”

      In case that one may disagree with my views (be an Ethiopian or non Ethiopian), as well as the presented facts, I would like to see the alternative, so please be my guest and engage me and the readers with your views. It will also be my pleasure to be educated on the presence of any BA, MA, or PH.D level article, proposal or even a dissertation devoted to the study of the fundamental bases or causes of the existing cycles of hunger, civil wars, poverty, and all the miseries in today’s Ethiopia. But first we need to agree to discuss the "issues and facts" as opposed to personalities and non related issues just like reasoning of the feudal Quakers. Besides, it remains to be a public secret to know that some people may find it very convenient and easy to jump into labeling people, and dwell on the hallucinatory references of how great they were/are as opposed to accepting the reality and appreciate the actual needs of the country so as to make appropriate efforts for a comprehensive solution and sustainable development.


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      • 14 December 2009 15:24, by Yaadasaa Dafaa

        It is obvious that the Ethiopian dictator, and his party is wishing to repeat the only mechanism they know how: winning election through an intimidation, violence, and accusing the opposition leaders and their constituencies with fabricated wrong doings???? The whole World stands witness to the ragged so-called Ethiopian election of 2005. These incidents of corruption and power abuses of the Woyyanes are what each day occurs in each streets of the Cities and the whole east African country of Ethiopia. So which one should the International communities believe? An empty claims of the regime, or the eye witnesses accounts of all the manifestations of cruelty, unfairness, and daily criminal perpetuation of the current Ethiopian regime? Furthermore, doesn’t it appear too fishy for the regime with such atrocious human rights, and election procedural records to try to keep the International observers at bay citing "outside pressure over election wrong, dangerous", so as to hide behind the fake screen of claiming to take the right steps?

        As the two commentators described above, there was/is no ground that makes the so-called PM to be credible. Meles Zinaw and his cohorts have established a well documented and proved traditions of attempting to stay on the power in Ethiopia even if it may take resorting to their guns to squash the legitimacy of the Democratic principles. So may god help the people of "Ethiopia" from these hyenas dressed with fake Democratic dressing as a trade mark to lure the International Communities!!!!

        Peace and prosperity for all,


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