Radar | Sep 27,2020
Feb 9 , 2019
The aura of power changes people. Abiy Ahmed (PhD) is an excellent illustration of this. Barely a year in the most powerful office in the country, he has evolved so much since beginning as a political maverick, gossip observed. Abiy seems to have developed long term goals with far-reaching consequences for the country. But he appears to be tactical in his approach, demonstrating a certain ambiguity in playing his cards, claims gossip.
Abiy enjoys a surprising level of goodwill from the international community, including from the Western media that portrays him as no less than a divine messenger to Ethiopia, gossip observed. Never mind that his once close friend, Getachew Reda, believes such support can be deceptive.
Although waning, his social and political capital domestically makes him confident not to worry about winning the next national election even under the EPRDF ticket, according to gossip. Winning a popular mandate for the EPRDF under his reign, he may believe, gives him the confidence to pursue grand re-engineering that will change the face of the political landscape, claims gossip.
But there could be short-term hurdles to overcome in somewhat tactical manoeuvering; there are too many loud voices in the opposition and the civil society that need to be subdued, according to gossip. Abiy might have understood that there are many individuals whose energy he needs to neutralise, tapping on the tools of soft power in acknowledging a sense of self-importance, claims gossip.
One such tool is a charm offensive whereby opposition stalwarts such as Brehanu Nega (PhD) are given regular access to his office on Lorenzo Te`azaz Road, says gossip. A leader of an insurgency against the EPRDF government Abiy now leads, Brehanu appears to have been dazzled by his access to the Prime Minister Office, where he frequents as many as two or three times a week, gossip disclosed.
Abiy also seems to have a knack for setting up advisory councils and commissions, using them as vehicles to bring many into the fold, hence legitimising his rule, claims gossip. They can serve as emissaries to his reign, helping him focus on his strategic political objectives, gossip says.
Just last week, Abiy tabled to parliament a list of 41 nominees each to serve in the commissions of border and identity issues and reconciliation. Never mind that many people were included in the list prior to their consent being sought, gossip observed. History will record that two of these - Gebru Tareqegn (PhD) and Assefa Fesseha (PhD) - have declined to accept their nominations.
Although parliamentarians remained true to their tradition in accepting the nominees as a bloc, it was not without a fight over the nomination of Hailemariam Desalegn, a former prime minister whose resignation from office cleared the way to Abiy’s ascendance. Hailemariam could perhaps be one of the three individuals pulling the levers of power to which Abiy owes his rise, claims gossip.
Observing some of the parliamentarians who resisted Hailemariam’s nomination to the reconciliation commission, it reveals the grudge TPLFites harbour against him, claims gossip. Indeed, TPLFites in parliament were joined by those from the Sidama Zone constituencies, for the latter hold him responsible for the killings of 26 protesters in Hawassa circa 2004, when he was a president of the regional state.
No less, Hailemariam has misgivings concerning the TPLFites, blaming them for incapacitating him while in office, claims gossip. His two major policy initiatives - rapprochement with Eritrea and privatisation of state assets, such as Ethio telecom and the state power company - were harshly attacked at the EPRDF Executive Committee meetings, gossip recalled.
Ironically, these are the very policy initiatives that have made his successor the darling for the international community, claims gossip.
PUBLISHED ON Feb 09,2019 [ VOL 19 , NO 980]
Radar | Sep 27,2020
Photo Gallery | May 06,2019
Fineline | Mar 09,2019
Radar | Jan 23,2021
Sunday with Eden | Mar 23,2019
Fineline | Sep 24,2018
Fortune News | Oct 12,2019
Editorial | Jun 01,2019
Addis Fortune | Sep 27,2020
Fineline | May 11,2019
Photo Gallery | 63969 Views | May 06,2019
Photo Gallery | 55849 Views | Apr 26,2019
Fortune News | 50926 Views | Jul 18,2020
Fortune News | 50508 Views | Sep 01,2021
Commentaries | Jan 21,2023
Life Matters | Jan 21,2023
My Opinion | Jan 21,2023
Sunday with Eden | Jan 21,2023
Agenda | Jan 21,2023
Editorial | Jan 21,2023
Dec 24 , 2022
Biniam Mikru heads the department of cabinet affairs under Mayor Adanech Abiebie. But...
Jul 2 , 2022 . By RUTH TAYE
On a rainy afternoon last week, a coffee processing facility in the capital's Akaki-Qality District was abuzz with activ...
Nov 27 , 2021
Against my will, I have witnessed the most terrible defeat of reason and the most sa...
Nov 13 , 2021
Plans and reality do not always gel. They rarely do in a fast-moving world. Every act...
Leaders of the National Election Board are in a charm offensive mood, of a sort. Last week, they organised a rare tour for members of the me...
When the country's most senior diplomats and envoys return back to their posts after two-week debriefings, they leave behind a point or two...
Jan 21 , 2023
Eyob Tekalign, state minister for Finance, took to social media platforms last week t...
Jan 14 , 2023
The longing for normalcy and a semblance of individual and collective security in Eth...
Jan 7 , 2023
The hallmark of Ethiopia's contemporary leaders could be a fascination with grandeur...
Dec 31 , 2022
A change of guards in 2018 gave Ethiopians hope for better circumstances from the pre...
I found myself in an awkward situation one of the days last week. The plan was to have lunch with two of my friends, but one of them was fas...
Jan 21 , 2023
Fewer couples tied the knot in 2022 than the year before; the post-pandemic environment could be attributed to over 12,000 more married coup...
A women's rehabilitation and skill development centre foresees construction as Mayor Adanech Abiebie laid...
Contractors are apprehensive about buying a policy from insurance companies as the requisite for collateral is half the performance bond. Af...
Jan 21 , 2023
Two federal offices of the highest stature saw newly appointed young leaders installed last week. Parliam...
Or see contact page