US says Ethiopia ties depend on electoral changes – AFP (WASHINGTON)

May 26th, 2010 Print Print Email Email

The United States vowed Wednesday to press the Ethiopian government to make future elections more inclusive and warned that US-Ethiopian ties depended on tackling the problem. (more…)

The United States vowed Wednesday to press the Ethiopian government to make future elections more inclusive and warned that US-Ethiopian ties depended on tackling the problem.

The US government has already indicated it was “concerned” that Sunday’s elections — which gave long-time ruler Meles Zenawi a landslide win — appeared to fall short of global standards, even if they were largely peaceful.

State Department spokesman Philip Crowley renewed pressure, urging the Ethiopian government to address not only the circumstances of the weekend elections but also years-long corruption.

“We have a broad and comprehensive relationship with Ethiopia, but we have expressed our concerns on democracy and governance directly to the government,” Crowley told reporters.

“Measures the Ethiopian government take following these elections will influence the future direction of US-Ethiopian relations.”

He urged Addis Ababa to strengthen its democratic institutions and offer a “level playing field” to electoral candidates free from intimidation and favoritism in order to ensure “more inclusive results.”

“To the extent that Ethiopia values the relationship with the United States, then we think they should heed this very direct and strong message,” Crowley said.

“We will continue to engage this government, but we will make clear that there are steps that it needs to take to improve democratic institutions.”

The State Department spokesman also expressed disappointment with pro-incumbent trends leading up to the elections that favored Meles’s party.

“A number of laws, regulations and procedures implemented since the previous parliamentary elections in 2005 created a clear and decisive advantage for the ruling party throughout the electoral process,” he said.

Meles earlier dismissed calls for a re-run after the main opposition bloc Medrek said Sunday’s polls were riddled with fraud and demanded fresh elections.

Medrek has so far won only one seat, according to preliminary polls that showed Meles’s ruling Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) party had taken 499 seats, in results from 536 constituencies.

The vast Horn of Africa nation has a 547-seat lower house and final results are to be released on June 21.

  1. Mela Mela
    | #1

    “…..ወያኔ ከ97 ምርጫ ብዙ ተምሬአለሁ ይላል, የተማረው አንድ ነገር ነው ይሕውም በነጻና በፍትህ እንደማይመረጥ ያውቃል ..ምን እያለ ነው ያለው? ተቃዋሚዎች እግር እስኪያወጡ እጠብቃለሁ ሲያወጡ እቆርጣለሁ ነው::….” አቶ ተመስገን አንዳርጌ የመድረክ ተቃዋሚ ፓርቲ አባል

    ለግንቦት 7 አርበኞች አንድ ምክር አለኝ:-ይህውም ምንድንነው ከንግዲህ ትግሉ በቀጥታ ወያኔን መፋለም ጊዜን ማጥፋት ስለሚሆን; በቀጥታ ከእስላሚስት ጂሃድ ሶማሊያ ጋር ጦር ክተት አድርገን ድል መምታት ይቀለናል ,ይህንን ትልቅ ውለታ ካደረግን ብኋላ , ታሪካዊ የሆነውን ጥንታዊ ወደባችንን (በርበራን) አገኘን ማለት ነው …ትልቅ ክሬዲት ከዲሞክራሲ የበላይ ጠባቂዎች በቀላሉም እንጎናጸፋለን::ነገር ግን ይህንን ሞሳድ ስታይል ወረራና ሎጂስቲክስ ጦርነት ለማካሄድ, ክራባትና ክትፎ ለለመዱ ቦርጮች ማማከር ትንሽ ችግር ይፈጥር ይሆናል :: ታዲያ ከማን ነው ይህ መፍትሄ የሚመነጨው ብለን ያልን እንደሆን ከዕኛው ከሚኒልክ ልጆች ነው ::እስከመቼ ዲያስፖራ እየተባልን የጠቅላይና የሲ አይ ኤ መሳቂያ እንሆናለን ?

    ጠቅላይ ጭልጥ ብሎ ቅልጥም ሰባሪ አምባገነን መሆኑን ለአልጀዚራ ቃለመጠይ አስመስክሮአል::እኛም ይህንን ፈለግ በመከተል የዲሞክራሲ ቤቢ ሲተሮችን (እንግሊዝንና አሜሪካንን) ማስደሰት መቻል አለብን, ይሕውም በአሁኑ ሰዓት ትልቁ ጠላታቸው ቴሮሪዝም በመሆኑ ይህንን ከላይ የጠቀስኩትን የጂሃዲስቶችን ኮርነር የሆነውን የአፍሪካን አፍንጮ በርን ወረራ አድርገን ከዕስላሚስት ታላባኖች ነጻ ስናወጣ ብቻ ነው:

    ድል ለታማኙ ምኒልክ ልጆች!

  2. goitom
    | #2

    This strong message to Zenawi’s kleptocratic regime must be supplemented by clear and decisive practical action. Zenawi is a threat to regional peace and security. If he continues tightening the political space and embezzling the state resources with his cronies, soon Ethiopians will burst into anger and we may see the worst kind of crisis in the region. The bad thing is that he has already spoiled the political environment by over playing the ethnic card. Once law and order is loose in that country, there might be the worst kind of conflict. The US Government should change its policies of assisting in millions of dollars for this arch rival dictator in Addis Ababa. The US should take a clear stand on the war crimes and crimes against humanity committed by Zenawi and his cronies. He should be refered to the ICC by the Security Council. That is the efficient way of removing him from power and holding him accountable. He is also a mafia chief and engages in drug trafficking and money laundering. Ethiopia is one of the countries where there is illicit international money transfer. It is clear that the government officials in high ranking positions are involved in the drug business and money laundering. Zenawi’s accumulated capital is approximately around 1.2 billion dollars. That is why he has to be removed sooner.

  3. TENES
    | #3

    The US/Europe always publish the same BS. They published the same statement 5- years ago, today, and they will do the same 5-years from now. Change will not come from the out side. When the people of Ethiopia get tired of their way of life they will know what to do. Until then we the diaspora, unless we are willing to go and join them in their struggele, then we need to stay out of their business. Nothing is free and it sounds like we all want a free ride to freedome.

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