Ethiopia’s ruling coalition to form a single party, TPLF boycotts

Ethiopia’s ruling coalition to form a single party, TPLF boycotts

Tagesse Chafo Speaker of House of Representative, left, and Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, right, leaving the parliament after addressing members of parliament on the current situation of the country in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Tuesday Oct. 22, 2019. Ethiopia's Nobel Peace Prize-winning prime minister is warning that if there's a need to go to war over a dam project disputed with Egypt his country could ready millions of people, but he says only negotiation can resolve the deadlock. (AP photo Mulugeta Ayene)

The Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF), a coalition that ruled Ethiopia since 1991 is officially dead. In a unanimous decision , the party voted to form a single party. The new party will be called Prosperity Party.

“The unanimous decision passed today to merge the Party is a crucial step in harnessing our energy to work toward a shared vision. Prosperity Party is committed to strengthening & applying a true Federal system which recognizes the diversity and contributions of all Ethiopians,” Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said in a tweet.

The Tigrean People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), that created and dominated EPRDF for 27 years, abstained from voting and condemned the move to form a single party as rushed and undemocratic.

Ethiopia is scheduled to hold a general election in May 2020, the first democratic test for the new reformist Prime Minster.