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Political patience vs. the rule of law .

Editorial By Ethioobserver 

On many occasions the winner party (EPRDF) warned that the opposition's “taking to the streets” as an attempt to "seize power using crowds" would have fatal consequences. EPRDF has patiently urged the opposition leaders not to indulge in violence using innocent citizens and fully respect the right of the Ethiopian people to solve their problems based on the constitution and the rule of law, a warning the opposition duly ignored. There is no doubt that at present it is improper to fuel a crisis. However, if the illegal actions by the opposition are not curtailed, it could certainly stir up further waves of protest by those who aspire for instability and disturbances among Ethiopians. Though the present “crisis” is limited to its degree and range, we have to find ways to dispel the mental tension and uncertainties, created among the populace. Disobedience and incitement to mass uprisings by the opposition surely is an impediment to the cause of democracy. The opposition leaders, particularly of the CUD, have since the May election tried hard to divide Ethiopians in a camp of either “we” or “them” instead of being a unity force to reckon on. Although democracy may have different meaning for these newborn democrats, whose record on such exercise has been so murky, the guiding principle still should be respect and rule of law of the country.

The result of the election was conducted on the basis of the Ethiopian constitution and the result reflected the political will of the Ethiopian people and should be strictly respected. The election was valid as witnessed by different observer groups. The matter was settled through appeals and courts and the National Election Board of Ethiopia declared it was over. It should not be reversible by any means. Going through the courts also reflected not cynicism but faith in the constitution. Peaceful means to resolve those disputes for more than 3 months showed how the reservoir of patience was by both the Ethiopian people and the authorities so that different views were carefully accommodated and managed. Therefore, CUD must accept and honor the people’s verdict and heed for legal and parliamentary means of change.

Though the European Union (EU) chief election observer, Ana Gomes with her biased statements had tried to aggravate the situation, Ethiopia's friends are now acting and giving full recognition of the government to carry out its expeditious work to stabilize the political situation and govern Ethiopia. Few diehards in the Diaspora have been crying foul to inflame the situation both during the wake and after the election and trying to bring government change by shouting on the streets of Europe and USA. No revolution has ever succeeded through export. Unholy alliances of the Negedes, ex-dergists, two or three-men based with high sounding names of “networks”, “academicians”, “patriots”, etc. are doomed to failure. The opposition leaders have on many occasions failed their supporters and voters. CUD leaders are unable to distinguish truth from distortion. CUD lacks respect for the constitution and rule of law and is more preoccupied in finding excuses instead of providing leadership that is a hallmark for a viable opposition party.

Thanks to the Ethiopian people and EPRDF’s determination, opposition is now institutionalized and legitimized in Ethiopia for a true democracy to take root in Ethiopia. Over the past few years, Ethiopia has undergone a number of reforms, which have brought about many positive changes. To mention among the few:

·          Increased foreign Investments and capital flow

·          Competitive businesses encouraged

·          Banking reform and sound national currency

·          Increased private ownership and privatization

·          Anti corruption laws and transparency

·          Private media and coverage

It is regrettable, however that CUD could not deliver the changes that people expect after an election. The top of the agenda seems to be power by any means. The stakes are indeed too high and too familiar for power mongers. Democracy and rule of law are not to the liking of the CUD. The May election was vital for both winners and losers and clearly shows how untested and juvenile parties gamble with the peace and stability of Ethiopia for the ego of certain people. Some of the former rotted regime’s staunchest supporters have become party leaders, immersed in endemic corruption and ruthless political ambition trying very hard to give the derg new life and rehabilitation.

It is crucial at this moment that the government establishes law and order allowing the police and prosecutors take actions against subversive acts, instigating political violence. The Ethiopian constitution has the ultimate power to assert order in accordance with the rule of law and to safeguard the national interests and protect the welfare of its citizens. Undermining the constitution and calling the public to stage a strike and create unrest is not by any means peaceful struggle or democratic right. Shaibya’s saber rattling and the oppositions’ call for strikes are two faces of the same coin. Foreign aggression and treason must be fought with the same vigor.




Point of Interest

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