Meanwhile, in Ethiopia, the EPRDF
harangued the public about how it freed the country decades ago from a brutal military dictatorship, even as millions of young people born and raised under the party's rule face crippling unemployment.
However, one issue in particular highlights a flaw in this model, and how it may change if the EPRDF
is forced to liberalise.
was the brainchild of the Tigrayan People's Liberation Front (TPLF), a Marxist-Leninist movement that spearheaded the defeat of Ethiopia's former military dictatorship, the Derg.
29) While unrest and violence had been common fixtures of Ethiopian political life over the previous twenty-five years of EPRDF
rule, the simultaneous Oromo and Amhara protests represented a unique crisis of legitimacy and demonstrated the failure of the government's divide-and-rule strategy.
Some more critical voices, however, also underlined a political dimension of road infrastructure and the district's significance in the resistance against the former Derg and the EPRDF
By connecting the Tigrayan minority to other oppressed groups and offering them, at least in principle, the opportunity to participate in refounding the nation, the EPRDF
presented its capture of the state as a victory for all marginalized groups.
In this paper I consider the relationship between political systems and primary healthcare development by examining health interventions in Ethiopia under the EPRDF
Women members of what became the EPRDF
were involved in the armed, political and propaganda struggle against the Derg regime.
com, two popular websites blocked in Ethiopia, aim at the very core of the EPRDF
national project, refusing to recognize the current government as either legitimate or as the expression of the people's will.
Post-Meles, new actors within the EPRDF
may seek to exploit the perceived advantage of a leadership vacuum to advance ethnic and other political causes and strengthen their political constituencies, particularly at the regional level," the study says.
In 2010, however, observers declared that the Ethiopian parliamentary elections failed to comply with international standards, saying that the EPRDF
used its incumbency to restrict political space for opposition candidates and activists.
Despite the fact that most international observers concluded that the June 21, 1992, elections "exacerbated existing tensions, reinforced the hegemonic power of the EPRDF
while marginalizing other fledging parties, and were a central factor in the withdrawal of the OLF from the TGE and the return to war in the Oromo region," Western governments have continued to support the Tigrayan-led regime (National Democratic Institute, 1992: 7).