US Already Looks to Post Meles Zenawi: ION

The unreserved political and financial support by the US government to a minority regime that ultimately destined to fail will soon to come to its end

All is well that ends well.... just let's wait and see!

By The Indian Ocean Newsletter,

Some Ethiopian opponents are convinced that the United States may have already begun to discuss the succession of Prime Minister Meles Zenawi.

The United States has already reportedly begun to check two options for what could follow after Prime Minister Meles Zenawi:

He could either rapidly designate his own successor to prepare him for his role, or He could establish government of national unity before the end of his term

Such is the belief of Ethiopian opponents who have had contacts with American diplomats in Addis Ababa or in Washington. These diplomats have had talks with the faction of the Oromo Liberation Front (OLF) headed by Kemal Gelchu, with the Ginbot 7 group led by Dr. Berhanu Nega and with Daoud Ibsa, the leader of another faction of the OLF who was discreetly invited to Washington at the end of last year. 

Several economic (higher inflation, rampant corruption) and political (the recent sidelining of 300 officers including Tigrayan generals) factors have led the U.S. officials to deem that Ethiopia is not immune to uncontrolled social explosions, even if the EPRDF governing coalition has the situation well in hand. Hence the idea that Meles Zenawi take the initiative to open his government to some opponents such as Birtukan Mideksa or Seye Abraha, who are currently undergoing training at Harvard University.

Failing that, the U.S. delegates reportedly suggested that Meles Zenawi should plan the period after he is no longer in power and prepare his successor, whether it be Tewodros Adhanom the current minister of health, Arkebe Oqubay (advisor to the Prime Minister) or former Chief of Staff of the Ethiopian army, the former General Tsadkan Gebre-Tensae who now works for the UN in South Sudan. But Meles Zenawi is not believed to have favoured either scenario.
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4 responses to “US Already Looks to Post Meles Zenawi: ION

  1. We need to closely follow this news and analyze how it’s going to affect our national interest. With the exception OLF, all the other potential replacements to Meles mentioned above are against the independence of Eritrea and all are vocal about reclaiming Assab.

    In fact, Tsadkan and Seye were among those who were pushing for regime change in Eritrea during the Ethio-Eritrea war of 1998/2000. They are still rejecting the Alger’s Accord and are advocating that Eritrea must secede Assab peacefully or by means of force.Birhanu attacks TPLF’s position on Eritrean independence, verbally and in writing,which he still thinks is illegal and unjust. Birtukan are among those who are advocating on reclaiming Assab.

    I don’t know about the rest, but if one of those I mentioned above was to lead the country, it will not be favorable to Eritrea's strategic interest of living in peace with her neighbors and of using it's national resources to improve the standard of living and quality of life of its population. The situation will be worse and not better.

  2. One thing we're becoming very good at is getting excited with false hope,and mastering conspiracy theory. Hence rely on big whoppers and tabloids like Indian Ocean Newsletter and Ethiopian Review, who make their living on feeding us falsehood and get us dance like a monkey with tune of their prsentation.. All this, while our nation is dying…How pathetic!!!

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