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Tigray bloc rejects 'unlawful' merger of Ethiopia ruling coalition

Tigray bloc rejects 'unlawful' merger of Ethiopia ruling coalition

Ethiopia

<p>The Tigray Peoples Liberation Front, <span class="caps">TPLF</span>, has rejected efforts by Ethiopia Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed to dissolve the currently four-member ruling coalition, the Ethiopian Peoples Revolutionary Democratic Front, <span class="caps">EPRDF</span>.</p> <p><span class="caps">TPLF</span>’s representatives voted against the merger during an Executive Committee meeting held last weekend. The motion, however, passed by 30 votes for and six against.</p> <p>The <span class="caps">EPRDF</span>’s Council, a 180-member body – it’s highest authority – is expected to vote on finalizing the merger plans today (November 21). </p> <p>In a letter sent to the <span class="caps">EPRDF</span> secretariat after a meeting of the <span class="caps">TPLF</span>’s Central Committee in the regional capital Mekelle, the party cited what it said were procedural and legal shortfalls in its opposition. </p> <p>They also declined today’s meeting of the <span class="caps">EPRDF</span> Council. The party like the three other blocs were expected to present a quarter of votes, that is 45 members. The other three parties also present the same number.</p> <p>“In its planned meeting today, EPRDF’s Council is expected to discuss and possibly approve three major agendas: EPRDF’s merger, Prosperity Party (PP) manifesto, and Prosperity Party’s bylaw. </p> <p>“These were the three major agendas approved by majority members of EPRDF’s 36 member Executive Committee (EC) during the three days meeting over the last weekend,” <a href="https://addisstandard.com/news-tplf-cites-legal-procedural-shortfalls-to-decline-merger/">the privately-run Addis Standard said in its report.</a></p> <p>The other members of the current <span class="caps">EPRDF</span> coalition are Oromo Democratic Party (<span class="caps">ODP</span>, the Amhara Democratic Party (<span class="caps">ADP</span>) and the Southern Ethiopian Peoples Democratic Party (<span class="caps">SEPDM</span>).</p> <p>The coalition also has five associate parties that belong in the other semi-autonomous regions of Africa’s second most populous nation. National elections are due in May 2020 despite calls for a postponement citing insecurity.</p>
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