This is all we read and hear about the Ethiopian parliamentary member Ato. Lidetu Ayalew, “Lidetu is a coward”; “Lidetu is a traitor” and other comments along those lines. Here is my question: Why?
As most of you would know, in the 2005 parliamentary election, a group of opposition parties to the current Ethiopian ruling party (EPRDF) join hands, I believe, to make changes and make Ethiopia a greater democratic country. Ato. Lidetu Ayalew was an icon in this movement. Ato. Lidetu and the other opposition parties swept about 200 parliamentary seats in just one election against EPRDF. In this same election they have also won all the seats in Addis Ababa. Now, it is claimed that the election was a fraud and that the opposition parties, that were called “Coalition for Democracy and Unity” all together, have won more seats than what National Election Board of Ethiopia (NEBE) declared. Then came a big shock: members of Coalition for Democracy and Unity refused to accept the parliamentary seats they had won.
In November 1, 2005 a bloody protest led by Coalition for Democracy and Unity exploded in Ethiopia. During and after the protest many were arrested: among those were leaders of Coalition for Democracy and Unity.
Leaders of Coalition for Democracy and Unity refused to take their minority but still significant number of parliamentary seats: They were not satisfied with the 200+ parliamentary seats they had won. They wanted it all at once. It must have been thirst for Power, Power and Power. This greed lead to many Ethiopians being arrested and others dying (not that I’m blaming it fully on the Coalition for Democracy and Unity, but they could have avoided it). During all this chaos, I believe, came an epiphany and the light bulb in Ledetu’s mind lit, making him change his mind and accept the parliamentary seats his party has won. Lidetu’s party is called United Ethiopian Democratic Party-Medhin Party(EDUP-Medhin). Because of the last minute decisions it made Lidetu’s party (Medhin) is now in a position were they can challenge the ruling party in the parliament. Not only that: they are also in a position where they can pass number of laws that can help change the date to date life of Ethiopians.
So let me ask again, why is Ato. Lidetu Ayalew a coward? Is it the fact that he accepted the opportunity that enables him now to grill Prime Minister Meles Zenawi and EPRDF in the Ethiopian Parliament like you can see in the video below? Or is it the fact that he hasn’t fled out of Ethiopia like Dr. Berhanu Nega?
Please help me understand!!
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- The King-
Categories: Ethiopian Politics