In western media reporting of EPRDF’s election win, three points were common. The margin of win, the length of EPRDF rule and the tenure of its leader. Portraying each as events unparalleled in the history of western democracy. [The margin of win is dealt with in my previous post ‘Election-Win-EPRDF-Style’ in 8 Liberal Countries.] Some media stated the length of EPRDF rule & Meles [...]
It took International Press Institute (IPI) only two days after the polling to make a press statement alleging “Independent Media Voices Absent in Ethiopian Election Coverage.” IPI corroborated its claim by quoting an email of a self-exiled journalist. It was Mesfin Negash, managing editor of the now-defunct Addis-Neger, an Amharic weekly, who took the initiative to expose the [...]
It's been a few days since EPRDF's massive win in the 2010 has become evident and analysts are struggling to come up with a theory explaining the outcome. Granted that, the 2005 elections will serve as a point of departure for most.
Thus, I made a brief research to compare the two elections' important features, though not exhaustive. The findings are presented here under nine headings. [...]
According to my contacts all over the country, EPRDF appears to have won the fourth National and Regional election held on May 23/2010. The known results are listed below, though more details are yet coming. Region No. of seats in the House of Peoples representatives EPRDF & its associates MEDREK Independent Afar 8 Tigray 38 38 Amhara 135 >100 Oromiya 177 >140 SNNP 121 120 – 1 [...]
Arguably, the USDS report proved its clout, albeit, in a baffling manner. It would be erroneous to relegate it ‘as worthless as the paper on which it is printed’, a favorite line of the ruling party to belittle a report. It often pushes the too-busy-to-answer government to address allegations. This year’s has succeeded to trigger a series of events, or concrete results if you like, on the [...]
Birtukan Mideksa’s party, UDJ (aka ANDINET), made headlines, when its leaders surprised everyone by turning up at Kaliti prison gate, on March 27/’10. It was accompanied by reports of their confrontation with the Prison officers. Then, followed up by, their vow to challenge the restrictions on visitation in a court of law. Of course, the Ethiopian government and the US Human Right Report also [...]