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Monday, November 21, 2016

All change but no change within the Ethiopian ruling party

The parties that make up the ruling coalition Ethiopian Peoples’ Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) - Amhara National Democratic Movement (ANDM) and Southern Ethiopian People’s Democratic Movement (SEPDM) will soon undergo a critical evaluation process (known as gimgema) in order to change their top management.

The EPRDF executive committee is also expected to announce a series of measures, one of which is appointments to administrative posts by merit regardless of party membership.

  The authorities are also mulling eliminating the functions of Deputy Prime Minister, that according to their analysis are perceived as positions assigned to party activists. Already in the Oromia region, where the anti-government revolt is at its most intense, the Oromo People’s Democratic Organisation (OPDO) elected its President, Lemma Megersa and its Vice President Workneh Gebeyehu on 9 September. Behind this clearly expressed willingness to change, the EPRDF hopes to maintain greater control over a party it considers insufficiently committed to quell popular revolt. The EPRDF could count on its new leaders who both have a background in security. Lemma Megersa was until 2011 the head of the region’s Security and Administration Bureau while the Minister for Transport Workneh Gebeyehu, was in charge of the regional Security and Justice Bureau before subsequently becoming the federal police commissioner. In addition, they both passed via the EPRDF executive committee. At a time when the people expect fundamental changes, EPRDF’s strategy is unlikely to calm Oromo protestors.
Source- Africa Intelligence