The Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) has rejected the plan to merge the ruling Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) into one national party. TPLF claims the unification would intend to serve individual power control interests.
It has been more than a decade since the idea of unifying, the Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) into a single party was brought to the table. The plan to transform the coalition, which is composed of four regional organizations into a single and unified national political party, was also believed to be noted in the dossier of the late Meles Zenawi who was the architect of EPRDF from the start. Yet the idea starts to resonate in the latest, particularly after the coalition has elected Abiy Ahmed as its third chairman.
Rumors have it in recent days that EPRDF is discussing the issue among coalition pundits behind closed doors. Accordingly, the plan is to baptize EPRDF as the ‘Ethiopian Prosperity Party’. Meanwhile, one of the two founding members of EPRDF, the Tigray People’s Liberation Front, TPLF, is rejecting this latest move.
The BBC Amharic service quoted Executive Committee Member of TPLF and EPRDF, Getachew Reda as saying ‘TPLF will never accept such unification plan which intends for power control.’ He said TPLF abides by the principle of ‘how ideas could reign rather than individuals dominance’. Getachew confirmed the proposal to form a unity party regardless of any official statement issued from the coalition. He added the idea was raised during the two-day Executive Committee meeting the coalition held behind closed door last August. However, according to Getachew, TPLF challenged the plan noting the lack of common goal among the members of the coalition. As to Getachew, the agreement was first to resort to the existing distrust and forge for a common goal among coalition members before rushing for unity.
The bylaw of EPRDF argues on the necessity of having such a coalition saying that it would guarantee the equality and unity of nations and nationalities in Ethiopia. It also explains having a nationally unified party consisted of individuals would not serve the purpose. Yet, due to the existing structure, other regional parties which are described as an affiliate to the ruling coalition remained out of the competition for the nation’s top job like that of the premiership. afro FM reports.