Ethiopian most of artists The second is the presumed lack of trust between veteran party members, who by in large remained dominating the politics, and the younger breeds. Evidently, although two decades of labor by senior party officials to produce a new breed of politicians has formed its own results, the former pose as if they have no reliance on and trust for the later.
Off from the scene of the Congress in Bahir Dar, an upcoming election for 138 seats for the Addis Ababa city council and its ensuing drama is a case in point. Eight members of senior party officials, who are also members of the national parliament, including Meles’s widow Azeb Mesfin, have resigned from their membership in parliament to contest in the election, which would have brought an entire army of a new generation of EPRDFites into the City Council. A senior official within the party told this magazine that the rationale behind the decision was to add to the city council “competent and experienced personnel”. The opposition bloc, feeble as they are, have boycotted the election, guaranteeing a clean sweep by the ruling EPRDF of all the 138 seats. For many Ethiopians, the interpretation is different: the veterans do not want to entrust the country, much less Addis Ababa, a nucleus of opposition and defiance against the ruling party, onto the hands of the new generation of revolutionary democrats, even if they are their own making and die-hard loyalists.
In 1992, a year after the current government came to power, the city of Bahir Dar was a city that has a handful of cars roaming its streets; today traffic jam is one of its growing problems. Luxurious lakeside resorts and hotels made the city one of the top tourist destinations in the country and the city is a lot cleaner today than it was barely two decades ago. Come April, Bahir Dar is bracing itself to host the 2nd Tana High Level Security Forum in Africa. The same people who have gathered in the city’s newly built convention center in the last week of March this year are those who oversaw this dramatic transformation of not only Bahir Dar but also the country torn by civil wars and successive state failures. To give credit where it is due, they brought an end to those civil wars, and established a stable regime while helping the country emerge as one of the fastest growing economies in the continent. But, as a western diplomat who closely followed the Congress eloquently put it, “real peace, real development and a stable government is not just the absence of civil wars, hunger and stability; it is the presence of leaders who believe they are not irreplaceable and are capable enough to preserve and hand over the stable country they have built with so much scarifies to the next generation.” For now, that seems way off, regrettably.