Friday, May 14, 2010

Ethiopia’s upcoming general elections not to be as controversial as 2005 election

I'm quoted extensively in Peter Clottey's VOA story "Ethiopia Elections not to be Controversial, Says Former U.S. Envoy."

Here's one of my quotes:
This election is going to be different than any in the past. It certainly is not going to be as dynamic or as controversial as the one in 2005 simply because the opposition does not have the same ability to carry out its campaign as it did in 2005. But, having said that I think it would be somewhat more interesting election than what you saw for example in 1995 or in 2000.

1 comment:

  1. With all due respect, I think your characterization of the upcoming election as "more interesting" election is misleading. I am sure you would agree that an election is more interesting if there is a level playing field for all the contestants and the playing field is much less open now than it was in 2005. The only thing interesting about this election is that the ruling party now has series challengers in Tigray for a couple of seats.

    You are also quoted in the same interview as saying that the opposition "made an enormous mistake by not taking their seats" in parliament in 2005. I agree with you on this point to some extent.

    In hindsight, the main opposition (the CUD) would have been far better off if it had joined parliament in spite of all the vote rigging. But that was not their biggest mistake. The CUD's biggest mistake was not having a working relationship with the other major opposition at the time, the UEDF, and not having a common strategy to join or boycott parliament as I have argued here.