By Theodore M. Vestal Ph.D.
Ethiopia, an African country with shut ties to the U.S. courting from international battle II, is a bothered land. while the oppressive Marxist-Leninist dictatorship of the Derg collapsed in 1991, there has been wish new period may possibly start for a democratic Ethiopia. besides the fact that, sponsored through the united states, the Ethiopian People's progressive Democratic entrance proven a central authority that will no longer percentage strength. rather than a transition to democracy, the EPRDF denied competition events significant participation in elections, violated human rights, and intensified ethnic mistrust one of the humans. in response to critics, repressions of the govt. are on a scale reminiscent of these of the world's worst dictatorships. Vestal examines the plight of the Ethiopian humans and counters questionable govt pronouncements. He concludes with feedback for a revised U.S. coverage towards Ethiopia and for peaceable negotiations among the govt and its political competition to advance a extra democratic procedure.
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In other cases they were refused registration for failing to state their ethnic origin. The climate of intimidation and fear discouraged the nomination and registration of candidates in some areas. Partisan control of the registration process prevented some from acquiring the requisite signatures to qualify for candidacy. The late arrival of voter registration materials after original deadlines for candidate registration had passed also caused problems. The extension of registration deadlines and eventual elimination of the signature requirement for candidates supported by organizations came too late for many of those excluded earlier from the process.
28 The spin given the meaning 38 The Transition Period, 19911995 of "new democratic conditions" by the government was to shape the future of Ethiopia under EPRDF dominance. The new democratic conditions were geared for one-party rule. The national/regional elections were a great disappointment to many of Ethiopia's strongest well-wishers in foreign countries. Numerous friends had admired the democratic rhetoric of President Meles and other leaders, and they were distressed by what they observed or read about the elections.
Thompson, "Ideology," in The Oxford Companion to Politics of the World ed. Joel Krieger, (New York: Oxford University Press, 1993), 409-410. 38. , Worku Aberra, "Ethnicism: The Ideology of a Worari State," Ethiopian Register 4 (June 1997): 24. This page intentionally left blank CHAPTER 3 Squelching the UDN: Previews Coming Attractions In July 1991, a few days after the Transitional Charter was issued, the EPRDF was challenged to live up to its rhetorical promises about human rights and freedom of association by a newly organized multiethnic political party, the United Democratic Nationals (UDN), also known as the National Democratic Union.