Woyanne disqualifies hundreds of opposition candidates

January 8th, 2001

Spokesperson: Gashu Habte, Ph.D.

For Immediate Release
January 8, 2001

One day after Walta Information Center, a news agency associated with the ruling Tirgray People Liberation Front (TPLF) accused the All Amhara People Organization (AAPO) and Ethiopian Democratic Party (EDP) of deceiving ten individuals into representing them as candidates, AAPO announced that half of its 1400 candidates for the upcoming local elections have been disqualified by the TPLF regime.

In its January 6 press release, Ethiopian Democratic Action League has warned that Walta’s accusative report was a pretext by Meles Zenawi’s TPLF regime to attack the two opposition parties that are gaining popularity in the country. It didn’t take long for this prediction to come true. The mass disqualification of 700 AAPO candidates is a brazen act of lawlessness and overflowing arrogance on the part of Meles Zenawi’s dictatorial regime.

Meles Zenawi’s ethnic-apartheid dictatorship that is rulling at the barrel of the gun appears to believe that it has nothing to lose by engaging in such lawlessness and antidemocratic practices since it is getting all the financial backing it needs from the U.S. Government, the World Bank, the IMF and other international donners. Our repeated appeals to the interntainal community, particularly the financial backers of Meles Zenawi’s dictatorship have fallen on deaf ears. Recently, for example, the World Bank, has decided to give a $1.3 billion long-term loan to Meles Zenawi’s regime.

We resent this, and once again call on the U.S. Government, the World Bank and other international supporters of Meles Zenawi’s regime to suspend all supports until the regime stops its antidemocratic practices, releases all the prisoners of conscience and improves its human rights record in Ethiopia.

To make this point further, Ethiopian Democratic Action League, in collaboration with other civic and political organizations, is holding bi-weekly demonstrations a the Ethiopian embassy and U.S. Congress in Washington DC.

Next Sunday, January 14, the Ethiopian embassy in Washington DC will host reception and dinner for a
high-level TPLF trade delegation. We will be at the embassy, too, to confront and challenge the TPLF officials, and urge every one in the Washington DC area who stands for justic and human rights to join us.

Join us at 4 PM next Sunday, January 14, 2001, at the Ethiopian embassy.

Give voice the the voiceless.