Ethiopian Governing Coalition Merges, Forms Prosperity Party

By Staff Reporter

The-End-of-EPRDFNovember 21, 2019 (Ezega.com) -- The Council of the Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) on Thursday, November 21, 2019, unanimously approved the front’s conversion into a united party called “Prosperity Party.” The coalition made the move in its extraordinary meeting in which the Tigriyan Peoples Liberation Front (TPLF) was not represented.

The council’s landmark decision marked the official end of the Front as a collection of four major parties and five allied parties that form Ethiopia’s governing coalition for the last 28 years.

EPRDF was founded by the Tigriyan Peoples Liberation Front (TPLF), Amhara Democratic Party (ADP), Oromo Democratic Party (ODP), and Southern Ethiopia Peoples Democratic Movement (SEPDM). According to the decision, from now on, it will no longer be a coalition party but a united single party.

In a letter issued last night and addressed to the secretariat of the EPRDF Council, TPLF, one of the four major parties constituting EPRDF, said it will not participate in the planned meeting of the EPRDF Council. TPLF cited both procedural and legal issues to its decision to boycott the meeting of the 180 member Council, the highest authority of EPRDF.

The coalition was formed sometime in 1988 as a collection of the leftist organizations, whose guiding ideology soon became “revolutionary democracy,” under the leadership of Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), an organization that waged decades-old armed struggle against Colonel Mengistu Hailemariam’s regime.

In a message early this week, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said the Prosperity Party will ensure not only the material prosperity for Ethiopia but also bring dignity, freedom and multi-faceted prosperity to Ethiopia.

The council also approved the bylaws and programs of the united national party hereafter called “Prosperity Party.”

On Friday, the Council is expected to discuss and approve the bylaws of the party, said Fekadu Tesemma, member of the executive committee of EPRDF.

The unification of the coalition, and the programs and bylaws of the newly merged party were first approved by the Executive Committee of EPRDF.

EPRDF executive member Fikadu Tesema told state-run EBC that the approval of the Prosperity Party comes after thorough discussions on the necessity of merger by member parties and a study presented by the Front’s Audit and Supervision Commission to the council.

The outcome of the study called for the formation of a united national party to empower the ruling government to take the ongoing reforms to the next level and make it better.

According to Fikadu Tesemma, the meeting of the Council was democratic and free.

To read more about TPLF statement issued yesterday, please click here.

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