(OPride) -- After close to three months of speculation on who would assume the post vacated by the late Prime Minister Zenawi, the ruling Ethiopian Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) selected Hailemariam Desalegn and Demeke Mekonnen as party Chairman and deputy, respectively, the two becoming almost shoe-ins for Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister when the legislature meets next month. Their confirmation is a forgone conclusion.
Twenty years ago, one chilly and drizzly morning in otherwise uneventful North American winter, I met a Tigrean freedom fighter, a tegadalti, on a short bus ride to the airport.
No dictator rules for a lifetime. Not in the new millennium. With the wave of domestic anti-government sentiments and the rapid trends of change across the region, Meles Zenawi's days as prime minister of Ethiopia were always numbered.
(OPride) – On Sep. 2, following Ethiopia’s meticulously choreographed funeral for former dictator, Meles Zenawi, which was designed to buttress his legacy, a friend asked me to listen to the United States Ambassador to the UN, Susan Rice's encomium on the deification ceremony. I obliged but regret doing so because I came out a cynic.
Part one of this series asserted that while the Ethiopian regime left behind by Zenawi faces little organized opposition to endanger its hold on power in the short-term, serious turbulence lie ahead.
The death, mourning, and funeral of Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi, an ascribed dictator hailed by his supporters as a hero, remained the biggest news story for the second half of August.
So how do you really mourn a dead tyrant?
WE may have an answer. When Ethiopia’s longtime dictator, Meles Zenawi, died last month, thousands flocked to Bole International Airport, in the capital, Addis Ababa, standing in a drenching rain to welcome the body of their “irreplaceable” leader, who unbeknownst to them died abroad of “infection.”