EPRDF concludes regular session
Addis Ababa, January 18, 2019 (FBC) -Executive Committee of the Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) concluded its meeting after a thorough deliberation on the gains made from the reform, problems faced while undertaking the reform and challenges ahead.
According to a statement issued following the end of the meeting, the Committee commended the measures taken as per the decisions of the 11th Organizational Congress of EPRDF to widen the political landscape.
The release of prisoners, the return of exiled political parties and armed group to the country, improvement in the protection of human rights, freedom of expression, and freedom of the press were stated as some of the gains made from the efforts made to expand the democratic space.
The political and security crisis which occurred in the past years have affected the economy and negatively contributed in the rise of unemployment and burden of government debt, shortage of foreign currency.
However, the storage of foreign currency was eased by encouraging the people to deposit foreign currency at banks and actively engaging the Ethiopian Diaspora in the development activities of their country of origin.
The coming of more women to power, the reconciliation held between religious institutions and their followers, security and justice system reforms, government’s commitment and the active participation of the people to ensure the sustainability of the reforms were mentioned as success made from the nationwide reform.
The Committee evaluated the agreement reached between Ethiopia and Eritrea after 20 years of stalemate as a big success. The economic ties between the two countries laid a foundation to bring change in the horn of Africa and build Ethiopia’s image at the global level.
The Committee also stated some challenges which it thought are a threat for the reform. Among the threats include mainly the deaths and displacement of people due to erroneous information being disseminated by anti-reform forces and extremists who were working to fulfill their own interests.
EPRDF is convinced that the people have strong support for the reform and trust on the leadership, the Committee said, adding they have also a national peace concern. Hence, the Committee put forward directions that should be implemented to bring peace and ensure rule of law.
Addressing problems of youth unemployment and responding to their questions for political participation and economic empowerment were mentioned are areas that require prime attention to bring peace and ensure rule of law.
Despite a favorable landscape, the media are not serving as voice of the people to the required level and they lack credibility in presenting news contents that help to promote unity of the people and build a better country, the Committee said.
Praising the dialogue launched between different political parties, the Committee urged some political parties that were preaching extremism to erode the unity of the people and operating in breach of the law to refrain from their actions.
The Committee called on them to contribute their share in the move to build a multiparty system in the country.
The Committee finally vowed to strengthen its efforts in the diplomatic fields by centering Ethiopia’s National Interest.