News: Ethiopia has finalized the names of 11 persons who will start the much-talked-about National Dialogue. The House of Peoples’ Representatives convened a special session today to appoint eleven individuals who will become commissioners of the National Dialogue Commission.
In December last year, the Ethiopian House of People’s Representatives approved Proclamation No. 1265/2014 to establish the National Dialogue Commission (NDC) with a majority vote with 13 nos and one abstention. Subsequently, the HoPR’s Standing Committee on Law, Justice, and Democracy said Commissioners who will be leading the National Dialogue Commission will be selected by the people of Ethiopia and their appointments will be approved by the Parliament. On 04 January, the HoPR issued a shortlist of 42 people out of 600 names and called for public feedback for finalizing 11 names.
Eleven commissioners were supposed to be chosen out of the 42 earlier made public by HOPR. But at least 1 of the announced 11 names was not included in the 42-member list. Another name announced today, Mohammed Dirir, was publically rejected by Somali region-based opposition parties ONLF and Congress for Somali Cause last week.
Political parties have been raising objections to the process of selection of dialogue commissioners. Some have categorically rejected the trumpeted national dialogue. On 14 February, the Ethiopian Political Parties Joint Council (EPPJC), a coalition of more than 53 legally registered political parties in Ethiopia including the ruling PP, has issued a statement requesting the House of People’s Representatives (HoPR) to “temporarily halt” the ongoing proceedings to select the eleven commissioners to lead the planned National Dialogue Commission (NDC). It requested the parliament to resume the process in an “inclusive and trustworthy” manner.
Before that, Oromia-based opposition parties Oromo Federalist Congress (OFC), Oromo Liberation Front (OLF), and Somali region-based Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF) issued a statement saying the process of the nomination of Commissioners was not impartial. Read more..
Government news channels reported today that after considering the input from the community, the Standing Committee has proposed to nominate the following candidates to be the eleven commissioners:
1. Professor Mesfin Araya, 2. Mrs. Hirut Gebreselassie, 3. Dr. Tegegne Work Getu, 4. Ambassador Dr. Ayrorit Mohammed, 5. Mrs. Blen Gebremedhin, 6. Dr. Yonas Adaye, 7. Ato Zegeye Asfaw, 8. Ato Melaku Woldemariam, 9. Ambassador Mahamoud Drir, 10. Dr. Ambaye Ogato and 11. Mr. Mulugeta Ago
6 thoughts on “News: Ethiopia finalizes 11 names to start National Dialogue”
It is great that the tigrian descent,professor Mesfin A.( psychiatric specialist) included in this NDC,as he will treat PP mental disorder!
I follow all your youtube news clips. I admire your accuracy and critique on news from Ethiopia. But your reference to three members of the Dialogue Commission as being Oromo and that no Amhara is represented is not accurate. You fell to Amhara propogandists on this issue. Mesfin Araya, Hirut Gebre Selassie and Tegegnework Getu are Amharas. Only Zegeye Asfaw is an Oromo. I assume you have not verified your source but simply picked it from Amhara propogandists. Please correct it.
Some members dont want to talk about their ethnic background. That’s why there is controversy. Let me recheck
میں آپ کے تمام یوٹیوب نیوز کلپس کو فالو کرتا ہوں۔ میں ایتھوپیا کی خبروں پر آپ کی درستگی اور تنقید کی تعریف کرتا ہوں۔ لیکن آپ کا ڈائیلاگ کمیشن کے تین ممبران کے اورومو ہونے کا حوالہ اور یہ کہ کسی امہارا کی نمائندگی درست نہیں ہے۔ آپ اس مسئلہ پر امہارا پروپیگنڈہ کرنے والوں پر گر پڑے۔ Mesfin Araya، Hirut Gebre Selassie اور Tegegnework Getu Amharas ہیں۔ صرف Zegeye Asfaw ایک اورومو ہے۔ میں فرض کرتا ہوں کہ آپ نے اپنے ماخذ کی تصدیق نہیں کی ہے بلکہ اسے صرف امہارا پروپیگنڈا کرنے والوں سے اٹھایا ہے۔ براہ کرم اسے درست کریں۔
This is Dabalo Yambo again. I see you are being taken away by developments in Ukraine and took your eyes from the big ball in Ethiopia. There are thousands of major global medial reporters in Ukraine. You have been the only hope for the Oromo people exposing the atrocities perpetuated against them by Abiy Ahmed and his Amhara Fano marauders and killers. By the way, Abiy is not an Oromo, and he never claimed to be. His father is a Tirgrayan that is why he fell in love with his uncle, Isiyas, and his mother is an Amhara, the main reason why he does what they want – KILLING THE OROMO. You are our only voice at this trying moment. Please, turn your attention to the Oromo from Ukraine.
I will continue covering Ethiopia bro