MPs call PM for questions

By Yohannes Anberbir – The Reporter 

The members of the House of Peoples’ Representatives (HPR) have called Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed (PhD) for a question and answer session regarding the recent decisions made by the Executive Committee of the Ethiopian Peoples’ Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) and his administration.

In its one-day meeting held on June 5, 2018, the Executive Committee of EPRDF made decisions to fully or partially transfer large public enterprises, accept the Algiers Accord and fully implement the decision of the boundary commission.

The HPR made the decision to call the PM after deliberating on the issue in a closed political agenda session on June 14, 2018.

The decision by the Executive Committee of EPRDF was accepted with mixed feelings among the public. There were views both condemning and appreciating the decisions passed by the Committee.

Major opposition groups and prominent personalities have been vocal regarding the decisions. Arena Party, an opposition group based in Tigray region and a member of a four-party coalition named Medrek, has vocally opposed the decision. They said that it should be decided by the public rather than a “single and dictatorial” party.

A member of the four parties’ coalition EPRDF, the Tigray People Liberation Front (TPLF) also sat for a three-day meeting and issued a statement on Thursday, June 13, 2018 stating that ‘rather than identifying the real problem and searching for a sustainable measure aligned with developmental state ideology.’ the Executive Committee has focused on the results of the problems and choose a short-term solution.

The Central Committee of EPRDF, in a statement, indicated that it accepts the decision of EPRDF Executive Committee regarding the full or partial transfer of large state-owned enterprises and called for a deeper discussion for the implementation of the intended.

Acknowledging the necessity and the timeliness of respecting the decision of Ethio-Eritrean boundary commission and the Algiers agreements; the Committee cautioned that it should be considered in accordance with the boundaries that the country shares with other neighboring countries.

The Central Committee also called for EPRDF Executive Committee and Council meetings to be held as soon as possible to evaluate the developments.

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