Ethiopia’s Uncertain Political Path – Panel discussion by Freedom House

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Beyond Elections: Ethiopia’s Uncertain Political Path

Tuesday, June 16, 2015
2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Freedom House
1850 M Street NW
Suite 1100
Washington, DC 20036

On May 24, Ethiopians went to the polls to elect representatives for federal and regional legislatures in an election whose outcome was never in question. While final results of the elections are still pending, the National Electoral Board of Ethiopia (NEBE) announced that preliminary numbers show the ruling Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) and its regional affiliates winning every single seat counted so far. Whatever number of seats the opposition might get, the EPRDF is poised to remain the country’s sole dominant political force for at least the next five years.

As the world waits for final results, Freedom House is holding a panel discussion on what these elections mean for politics in Ethiopia. The panelists will explore the future of multiparty democracy and inclusive politics under EPRDF’s rule, Ethiopia’s continued downward democratic trajectory, and the country’s role as a key development and security partner of the West in the Horn of Africa. This event will also address the fate of the country’s continued stability in the face of growing frustration among different ethnic and religious communities as well as the demographic pressure that the much touted economic growth is supposedly addressing. Finally, the panel will point to opportunities for future engagement with the government of Ethiopia, civil society, the media and other stakeholders with the aim of expanding the political space and strengthening viable democratic institutions.

Terrence Lyons Associate
Professor of Conflict Resolution
George Mason University

Vukasin Petrovic
Director for Africa
Freedom House

Steven Feldstein
Deputy Assistant
Secretary Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor

Robert Herman
Vice President
Freedom House

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One Response to Ethiopia’s Uncertain Political Path – Panel discussion by Freedom House

  1. Namaga

    June 11, 2015 at 9:38 AM

    Political path? Future uncertainty? These are concepts from child development psychology as a parent questions the behavior its child. In Ethiopia the child case, ESAT and Ginbot7 feel they are natural custodians of Ethiopia by virtue of belonging to the tribe of feudal and despot Haile Sellasie and Menelick. Both worrying chauvinist organizations. Worrying because Ethiopians have shed blood and suffered long in jails to eradicate it.