Two of four ethnic based parties of the Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) began a congress to undertake reforms.
The Amhara National Democratic Movement (ANDM) began its meeting early this week at the regional capital Bahir Dar, as area which has lately seen conflict.
The government disclosed that it may change some policies, including reshuffling the cabinet and using merit to assign government leaders to key positions
The Southern Ethiopian People’s Democratic Movement (SEPDM) also started its meeting on Thursday. Both EPRDF wings stated that they are focused on evaluating their performance over the past 15 years and considering reforms.
Tension has continued in Oromia and Amhara recently, which has been a major concern for the ruling party. Businesses were closed and other activities suspended in some parts of Oromia during the week.
The other two ethnic based parties, the Oromo Peoples’ Democratic Organization (OPDO) and the Tigrayan People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) are also expected to undertake their evaluation soon.
The government disclosed that it may change some policies, including reshuffling the cabinet and using merit to assign government leaders to key positions.
The latest conflict has grabbed international attention. A week ago the outgoing US ambassador Patrica Haslach expressed her concern about the situation in the country.
The US ambassador to the United Nations, Ambassador Samantha Powers said her country has raised “grave concerns” about what it calls excessive use of force against protesters in Ethiopia during her latest visit to South Sudan this week.
Other organizations have expressed their concern about the situation in the two regions.
As the UN Human Rights Council prepares to convene for its 33rd session between September 13 – 30, A joint letter to that assembly was written by 15 organizations saying: “We urge your delegation to prioritize and address through joint and individual statements the escalating human rights crisis in Ethiopia.”
A fire accident at Qilinto Prison on Saturday September 3 also escalated anxiety in the capital. Issues surrounding the fatalities have been speculated on as members of the opposition party were being held at the prison facility.
As of Thursday the prison facility was unable to disclose the names of those killed in the fire incident. The government did announce that 23 people were killed.