ADP, ODP, Affiliate Political Parties Decide to Join Prosperity Party

By Staff Reporter

EPRDF-EndsNovember 27, 2019 ( -- The Oromo Democratic Party (ODP) and the Amhara Democratic Party (ADP) have decided to join the proposed Prosperity Party (PP) which will replace the ruling Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF).

The two founding member political parties of the ruling coalition unanimously approved their respective merger with the PP during the urgent meetings that ended on Wednesday, November 27, 2019.

“Forward with the “Prosperity Party” Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed twitted after the two parties declared the merger plan with PP.

Out of 1200 ADP members of its general assembly, 960 of them attended today’s urgent meeting and unanimously approved the merger plan, Abrham Alehegn, ADP’s central committee member said.

Urban Planning and Political Division head of ODP, Kassahun Goffe, in a briefing said the rebranding and unification of EPRDF was carried out without affecting the federal system and the country’s constitution.

The party’s reform goes along with the current world political situation and creates an enabling environment for all peoples of Ethiopia to participate in their country’s national issues. Unlike the previous one, the Prosperity Party does not apply a “divide and rule” system, he added.

The officials said the general assemblies of the two political parties have thoroughly discussed programs of the Prosperity Party with members of the executive committee members who have given detail explanations.

The Council of the Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) last week unanimously approved the merger of the coalition, programs and bylaws of the proposed prosperity party forwarded to it by the Executive Committee.

Three of the four founding member political parties EPRDF, namely the Oromo Democratic Party (ODP) and the Amhara Democratic Party (ADP) and South Peoples Democratic Movement (SPDM) accepted the need for rebranded EPRDF claiming it was not inclusive enough. The Tigrayan People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), which was one of the founders members and the master of EPRDF for a while, opposed the drive to disband the front before preconditions are met, including legal procedures.

"The move was to disband the EPRDF, weakens the federal system and takes away the rights of people to self-administration. The drive to form a united party does not consider the existing situations in the country," Debretsion Geberemichal, chairman of TPLF, said in a recent briefing.

Meanwhile, the Executive Committee of Somali Democratic Party (SDP), Harari National League (HNL), Benishangul Gumuz People’s Democratic Party (BGPDP), and Gambella People’s Unity Democratic Movement (GPUDM) have all decided to join the prosperity party.

The TPLF has called for an urgent party congress to determine if party members are in favor of the organization’s leadership or that of the Prosperity Party.

Whether TPLF joins or not, the Prosperity Party will replace the EPRDF, which will certainly go away after nearly three decades of rule over Ethiopia with the TPLF in the lead. However, this time, many speculate it is the ODP that will probably be the master.

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