Andnet DC Metro Chapter Hosts Dr. Yacob H. Mariam – Andnet DC Metro Public Relations

November 24th, 2008 Print Print Email Email

Dr. Yacob Hailemariam, Vice Chairman of Andnet Party of Ethiopia, made a moving and enlightening presentation to DC Metro residents at the Holiday Inn Hotel, November 23, 2008. (more…)

Dr. Yacob Hailemariam, Vice Chairman of Andnet Party of Ethiopia, made a moving and enlightening presentation to DC Metro residents at the Holiday Inn Hotel, November 23, 2008.

The program, which was organized by Andnet DC Metro Support Chapter, (ADCSC), was attended to full capacity. Unlike many other meetings of the past, this gathering had a workshop format where some critical aspects of the Ethiopian democratic movement were highlighted. It was presided by Ato Alemayehu Abebe, Chairman of ADCSC, and Ato adiss Hailemariam, Chairman of Events & Fund raising Committee. Dr. Yacob was presented with a bouquet of flowers on his arrival.

Dr. Yacob Hailemariam brought to light the all important and increasingly perturbing case of Ethiopia’s sovereignty. He discussed aspects of the constitution that put Ethiopia’s nationhood at grave danger and questioned the premise under which Article 39 was promulgated. Sighting several incidents of recent past, Dr. Yacob contested the governments handling of the Ethio-Eritrean boarder dispute. Nothing, Dr. Yacob, declared, is more important and close to the heart of Ethiopians, than the sovereignty of their country for which their ancestors paid in dear life over many centuries.

With regard to Andnet party’s visions, Dr. Yacob enthusiastically explained the methodical approach that was recently launched to build a strong party that expresses the wishes and desires of the cross section of the Ethiopian people. Despite the hardships encountered on a daily basis, Dr. Yacob pointed out, Andnet opened 34 offices in the different regions and is on target to get this number to 175 in a few months. The enthusiasm of the people at the opening ceremonies and the request the party is getting from areas that are not yet in the immediate growth plan of the party, is testament to the fact that the desire for democracy is still stalwart, Dr. Yacob revealed.

The other panelist, Ato Yilma Adamu, made a daring expose on the root causes that contribute to the dismal performance of Ethiopian political parties in terms of delivering a democratic Ethiopia. The last fifty years, he reminded the audience, saw no shortage of ideology, vision, sacrifice and support. The major handicap and one that is glaringly prevalent in all the past and present political parties, Ato Yilma pointed out, is the absence of modern management and the adamant nature of old timers to embrace change in a rapidly changing global environment. While lauding the sacrifices of these parties over the years, he was quick to criticize them for their failure to bring in young blood that is more apt to deal with current challenges.



Ato Yilma narrated several lessons from the uniquely exciting 2008 election of the USA, particularly the way the Obama campaign was envisioned, planned and how the road to victory was managed in the most creative, technologically astute and politically savvy manner.

The last two hours were devoted to question and answer sessions where a line of people raised pertinent questions. The quality of the issues raised, the manner they were entertained heralded a new era of civil political discourse.

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