Is USA Creating a Caretaker government for Ethiopia? A Conversation with Atlantic Council

USA is talking with Ethiopian opposition figures.

USA is talking with Ethiopian opposition figures.

A Conversation with the Ethiopian Political Opposition

AUGUST 31, 2016 — Dr. Merera Gudina (left) of the Oromo Federalist Congress and Eng. Yilkal Getnet (right) of the Semayawi (Blue) Party speak at the Atlantic Council on August 31, 2016.

On Wednesday, August 31, the Africa Center hosted a breakfast roundtable with Dr. Merera Gudina, chairman of the Oromo Federalist Congress, and Eng. Yilkal Getnet, chairman of the Semayawi (Blue) Party, to discuss the state of political affairs in Ethiopia in light of recent and unprecedented mass protests in the Oromia and Amhara Regions.

Africa Center Deputy Director Bronwyn Bruton welcomed attendees and introduced both speakers. Following their introductory remarks, Africa Center Associate Director Kelsey Lilley moderated the ensuing discussion with attendees from Congress, the private sector, and the US government.

In their remarks, Dr. Merera and Eng. Yilkal cited rising costs of living, limited employment opportunities for a growing youth population, and a restrictive political and media environment as impetus for the ongoing demonstrations. They condemned the government’s violent crackdown on primarily peaceful demonstrations, which began in November of last year.

Dr. Merera and Eng. Yilkal highlighted their recommendations to the government for a peaceful and prosperous way forward in Ethiopia, which included permitting peaceful protest, halting the unlawful killing of citizens, releasing political prisoners, and ceasing deployment of the military to disperse demonstrations. Both rejected what they considered “cosmetic” reforms from the ruling Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) and suggested that more substantial changes were needed to prevent the country’s fracturing.

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6 Responses to Is USA Creating a Caretaker government for Ethiopia? A Conversation with Atlantic Council

  1. Alex

    September 1, 2016 at 3:42 AM

    Peaceful!!!! Yes non-violence but the people has to defend themselves. This criminals killed their own people to came to power. They will kill to stay on power. They have nothing to loss at the 11th hour. The freedom fighters has to understand and outsmart the paid mercenaries. The protester knowing their surrounding and barriers of communication, should use it to their advantage to cut off the agazi outlet and paralyze their supply.
    We shall overcome!!!!
    Long live Ethiopia and it’s worriers!!!

  2. AS

    September 1, 2016 at 12:10 PM

    Ethiopian Spring is quartered. More sections of Ethiopia should join the revolution.
    Already Hailemariam and co are considering foreign countries to seek asylum from. They are ready to run.
    Extra protest from the SNNPR will hammer the last bail on their coffins.

  3. seifu

    September 1, 2016 at 1:28 PM

    The Ethiopians have been calling for changes in government. Even the last election debate testify to that. If one rewinds the debate tapes and hear what the opposition leaders were warning, one can understand now that it has been foretold. six percent of the population should not have been allowed to dominate the entire Ethiopian economy, military, finance, parliament, and whole government. That was what has been imposed on the Ethiopians ever since the so called “The London Conference”. It is about time that American and western governments correct that mistake and help the Ethiopians get a representative government that at least resembles the entire population.

  4. Fikru Amdemeskel

    September 2, 2016 at 2:53 AM

    To begin with, the minority ethnic based Tigrean Liberation Front (TPLF) has dominated the Ethiopian political stage for the last 25 years under the guise of fabricated EPRDF which in turn gave way to the rise of a totalitarian regime accompanied by brutal forces. As the result millions of Ethiopians were uprooted from their homes as the result of land grab, mass killings were committed against the non Tigrean population in Gambela, Oromo and genocidal atrocities are right now being conducted against the Amhara people in the regions of Gonder, Gojam Shoa and Southern Ethiopia. Thousands of Ethiopians are imprisoned, tortured, massacred in un parallel match with the late 1970s and early 1980s of the infamous regimes of Chile and Cambodia.

    The Ethiopian people have endured the sufferings of the last twenty five years of oppression by the murderous regime of the TPLF and have now declared enough is enough. The Ethiopian people have risen up against the tyrannical rule of the Woyane regime and are gallantly fighting back to bring down once and for all the Woyane thug regime. No whitewash will save

  5. Yohannes w

    September 4, 2016 at 10:06 PM

    Yes America would try to salvage its investment ie Woyane..we say hell no!!! Woyane is our cancer. It has to be removed and destroyed.

  6. Abdurahman Suleiman

    September 7, 2016 at 4:43 AM