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Video: Ethiopia prime minister Hailemariam Desalegn resigns

Ethiopia’s prime minister says he has submitted his resignation as both prime minister and the chairman of the ruling coalition.

Hailemariam Desalegn’s announcement comes amid a political crisis and lingering unrest in the Horn of Africa country, which has released thousands of prisoners to ease tensions.


  1. Ethiopian Constitution
    ”Article 60
    Dissolution of the House
    1. With the consent of the House, the Prime Minister may
    cause the dissolution of the House before the expiry of its
    term in order to hold new elections.

    2. The President may invite political parties to form a
    coalition government within one week, if the Council of
    Ministers of a previous coalition is dissolved because of
    the loss of its majority in the House. The House shall be
    dissolved and new elections shall be held if the political
    parties cannot agree to the continuation of the previous
    coalition or to form a new majority coalition.

    3. If the House is dissolved pursuant to sub-Article 1 or 2 of
    this Article, new elections shall be held within six months
    of its dissolution.

    4. The new House shall convene within thirty days of the
    conclusion of the elections.

    5. Following the dissolution of the House, the previous
    governing party or coalition of parties shall continue as a
    caretaker government. Beyond conducting the day to day
    affairs of government and organizing new elections, it
    may not enact new proclamations, regulations or decrees,
    nor may it repeal or amend any existing law.”

    ኣቶ ሀይለማሪያም በጣም ቢዘገይም ደህና ኣድርገዋል።
    ሆኖም መሄዶ ካልቀረ በኢሀዴግ ውስጥ ያለውን ሽኩቻ /apparently antagonistic contradictions / በቁዋሚነት በሚፈታ መልኩና ሰላማዊ አና ስርነቀል ሽግግር ሊያመጣ የሚችለውን ከልይ የተጠቀሰውን የህገ መንግስት ኣንቀጽ ከፕሬዝዳንቱ ጋር በመሆን እንዲተገበር ቢያደርጉ ኖሮ ምንኛ ታሪክ በዘከረቾት !!
    Our constitution has in-built provisions that facilitate peaceful transfer of power or formation of new political coalitions without the need for destructive revolutions .Let us use them before it is too late .If you do not use them now , then WHEN ???
    God bless Ethiopia !

  2. ውሸት ነው። ኃይለማርያም ክብር የሌለው ሥራ ላይ ተሠማርቶ ኖረ። ጦር ሠራዊት በኢትዮጵያ ሕዝብ ላይ ልከናል አሳድዶ ብሶት ያሰሙትን እንዲገድል ሲል ነበረ። አሁን ልቀቅ ተብሎ ነው። ህወሓት ኃ/ማርያምን ተጠቅሞ እንደ አረጀ ጋሪ ጎታች ፈረስ ወዲያ አውጥቶ ሲጥለው ነው። ሥልጣኑን ጠቅልሎ መቆጣጠር ፈልጎ ነው። ኃ/ማ ቀድሞ ከደህዴድ ተወክሎ ሳይሆን መለስ ለራሱ ሲል ያስቀመጠው ነው። ሞት ቀደመው እንጂ መለስ ቤተመንግሥት ግቢ ውስጥ ቪላ ተሠርቶለት ኃይለማርያምን በተላላኪነት አስቀምጦ መግዛት ነበር።

  3. Zega,

    Good idea for you to look what the Constitution says on the issue.

    It is clear that the PM’s (soon to be ex-PM) idea is not to dissolve the House of Peoples’ Representatives (HPR or simply the House or federal parliament) and hold elections. Even to dissolve the HPR, it has to consent for its own dessolution. (See Art. 60 (1). The Amharic version is more clearer : “በምክር ቤቱ ፈቃድ” ). Such a consent or ፈቃድ is unlikely to come. It might be undesirable too since the opposition is unprepared to assume power from the incumbent.

    The PM’s proposal isto keep power within EPRDF which is in line with Article 56 of the constitution which reads “a political party, or a coalition of political parties that has the greatest number of seats in the House of Peoples’ Representatives shall form the executive and lead it.” Even if the outcome of the previous federal electiuion is serioulsy questionale, EPRDF have been declared by Électoral Board and had been ruling the country until now.

    If there is no dissolution of parliament and new election is not held, the power of the executive (as expressed by the office of the PM and his cabinet) remanins in the hands of EPRDF.

    Now the question is who becomes the PM? If member parties of EPRDF hold the executive power taking turns, the new leader of the party of the ex-PM viz. the Southern Ethiopian People’s Democratic Movement (SEPDM) will continue to govern until the electoral term ends in 2010. Then the leader of OPDO or ANDM will take the next. This takes place if EPRDF persists in its undemocratic practices of circulating the executive among EPRDF member organizations.

    But the protest particularly from Oromo activists might disturb EPRDF’s order of circulating executive power among member organizations which means the country might have the first Oromo PM before Suthern region finishes its mandate.

    Whoever will be the new PM, will he be a visionary reformist who listens to the wishes and aspirations of the people or simply execute what EPRDF tells him to do? Time will tell which one he is.

  4. What I hear from the source is Addis(Finfine) is rampant with wild gossips. One such rumor blowing around is the Marxist demons such as those graduates of the Sebhat Nega school of demented philosophy is an Oromo or Amhara should never be given the premiership mantle. They consider that as a declaration of war on the front they stole away from the noble people of Tigray. These demons still remain die-hard bigots as they are dying. What they are wanting is the 20/20 hind sight to see those gallant Oromo and Amhara youths have started smelling blood and they ain’t gonna go back home empty handed. The aint gonna back down. Both are belching out for the top of their Amighty Blessed lungs:

    Well, I won’t back down
    No, I won’t back down
    You can stand me up at the gates of hell
    But I won’t back down.
    ‘Not this time around!!!

    No, I’ll stand my ground
    Won’t be turned around
    And I’ll keep this world from draggin’ me down
    Gonna stand my ground
    Well I know what’s right
    I got just one life
    In a world that keeps on pushin’ me around
    But I’ll stand my ground.

    Get it bigots?
    You can stand me up at the gates of hell
    But I won’t back down.

    Without a democratic governance in my hand, I won’t back down!!! That is what the youth in Ambo, Arsi, Asboti, Mersa, Gondar, Gore, Jimma and through out Oromia and Amhara are saying. Not me, them, those gallant young people of Oromia and Amhara. Not me!!!! Don’t look at me you ‘golden race’ bigot!!! Them!!! You better deal with them complying to all democratic demands they have laid out on the table for you. And they ain’t gonna be deceived with spoons fulls but they want good governance by the shovel. You know what to do with your ‘developmental democracy’ spiel!!! Shove it!!!! I didn’t say that but they did, those gallant youth of Amhara and Oromia.

    In the meantime, I would like to say a word or two to my dear brothers and sisters from Tigrai. You have been hoodwinked by the smart alecks and brutes who loot and pillage in your name. They have successfully robbed you off the organization you created for a noble cause. They have been telling you that Oromos like me don’t like you. Our harmonious Amhara neighbors don’t like you. These two ethnic groups are grinding their ax to do you another Rwanda. They had done every vice act on them just to create unwarranted hatred on you as a people. In your name, they have committed a crime against humanity by summarily executing prisoners of war after they marched into Addis(Finfine). You can ask one of your regretful sons Obbo Gebru Asrat about that. They killed more than 200 peaceful demonstrators in Addis(Finfine) right after the ‘loaded’ 2005 elections and have been telling you that they had to kill to protect you against another Rwanda. We Oromos and Amharas are principled and cultured people. We have friends who hail from your region who we call dear friends. We will lay down our lives for them and they will do the same for us. We have raised families together and we are still together. We had navigated through the concrete jungles of the west and had found success together. We Oromos and Amharas are compassionate and not bigots like the despots who robbed you off your front. They have enriched themselves beyond you and I can imagine. You must spit them out. Out to the wolves!!!! Show them justice!!! We Oromos and Amharas are not bigots!!! Never in our glorious history!!!

    That is all I want to say!!!

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