Who will become Ethiopia’s new prime minister and how?
Saturday February 17 2018
A protest against the Ethiopian government during Irreecha festival, in Bishoftu on October 1, 2017. Since 2015, the country has witnessed successive waves of violent unrest in the ethnic-Oromo and Amhara regions. PHOTO | AFP
The Tigrayan party dominates the coalition but its nominee will not get support because of tension between parties.
The ruling coalition, the Ethiopian Peoples’ Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) is made up of four parties --Tigray Peoples Liberation Front (TPLF), which dominates the coalition; Oromo People Democratic Organisation (OPDO) led by Lemma Megersa; Southern Ethiopian Peoples’ Democratic Movement (SEPDM) which was led by now former PM, Hailemariam Desalegn; and Amhara National Democratic Movement (ANDM).
All the parties are regional and have ethnic support base.
For many, the question, “Who will become Ethiopia’s next prime minister?” is not important. What they rather want to know is how genuine the current EPRDF is ready to reform and lead Ethiopia to a new chapter of real democracy.