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Ethiopia - Opposition MPs divided on H.R. 2003



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Ethiopia - Opposition MPs divided on H.R. 2003

File Photo: Opposition MPs in Ethiopia

Ethiopia - Opposition MPs divided on H.R. 2003

By Kirubel Tadesse


H.R. 2003, Ethiopia Democracy and Accountability Act of 2007, which its supporters claim helps to encourage and facilitate the consolidation of peace and security, respect for human rights, democracy, and economic freedom in Ethiopia, can’t gain the full support of Ethiopian opposition Members of Parliament as it did in the US House of Representatives.

MPs Capital talked to expressed varying positions on the bill, one even saying that it is impractical. Temesgen Zewdie (MP) explained that H.R.2003 is a bill through which American tax payers have expressed their concern for their sisterly nation of Ethiopia. He said that he supported the bill totally and believes that it will be passed by the Senate. “Despite one’s right to support any agenda, those standing in favor of the bill are targets of the government’s propaganda and accusations,” stated Temesgen. He added that continuous accusations and ‘inappropriate name calling’ by the Prime Minster will not make much of a difference to his full support of the bill. Temesgen stated that rather than the view of the Bush administration, it is the Congress that reflects the voice of the American people. He said, “Simply considering the 20 million USD, which is set as a score card, for the things any democratic government should do anyway, we find it very hard not to support the bill.”

Professor Beyene Petros told Capital that conflicts over H.R 2003 are worthless since the bill is hardly to become law. Professor Beyene explained that the bill is yet to find a sponsor in the US Senate and the recent denouncement of the bill by Secretary Rice proves that. “Personally, as an Ethiopian parliamentary member, I don’t feel proud that Ethiopian related issues are discussed in the US as if we are not capable of solving our problems. This shows that we still lack mutual respect and common ground for dialog in order to narrow our differences and solve problems on our own,” said Professor Beyene. He feared that H.R 2003 is just another issue where Ethiopians get in to conflicts taking supporters and opposition roles instead of toning down and listening to each other. Professor Beyene expressed the bill as “something which isn’t practical.”

Lidetu Ayalew (MP) told Capital that the bill in its nature shouldn’t gain the full support or opposition of any Ethiopian since it has useful ideas on one hand and unacceptable proposals on the other. He explained “For us, whether it is supported by the current administration or not is not a key question, the bill has important ideas which the US and other parts of the international community should continue pressuring on the Ethiopian government, but at the same time it contains proposals which will hurt Ethiopia if it becomes law, so we believe that the bill should be carefully studied and corrected before it goes any other step.”

On Oct 2, 2007, H.R 2003 was passed in the US House of Representatives by voice vote and the Senate on Oct 3, 2007 received and referred it to the Committee on Foreign Relations. H.R 2003 is sponsored by a New Jersey Democrat Congressman Donald Payne.


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Comment from: Alula yemesker [Visitor]
Alula yemesker

HR 2003 is a file number, no-more; no-less
It has been trashed, burned, and if any body wants to see it’s remain; it can be found at Aba-Samueal trash disposal station; right above Kalit.
I appreciate and admire Professor Beyen.


12/10/07 @ 14:09
Comment from: Warrior [Visitor]

We will get Mr. Temesgen Zewede change his mind about HR 2003. I know some people who knows him very well. He is a bit confused about the bill although he have read it many time. Aslo he may be scared what CUD people would say to him. The truth is half of the CUD supporters do not support this bill. There is no way we Ethiopian will be Adminstrated by an outside intity or political power. Whether we have problem Meles or Mengistu or HIM. This is internal business and will be delt by ourselves. Only BANDAS will do that.

Thank you

12/10/07 @ 15:13
Comment from: geb [Visitor]

HR 2003

I like the bill however Ethiopia is not America for such a bill. Ethiopia has a long way to go before it can implement what’s embedded in the bill. When a country doesn’t have any internal problem, it would be ideal to have the bill in place.

At this point Ethiopians need to clean up all that barks before considering it. The Ethiopian people, (majority) need to have similar views and stand for the same goal as supposed to individual or divided cells trying to strength its own party only.

Why do the Ethiopian people need many divided parties?
For what reason?

Ethiopia is ONE. Especially, during unrest and bad situation, groups that are given the freedom to exercise their rights, as citizens, should not abuse it. Instead, they need to use it properly and make some concrete ideas that cement the Ethiopian people as one nation.


12/10/07 @ 15:27
Comment from: Mehmednur [Visitor]

I apreciate Prof.Beyene.
I has deeply true love for his country.
““Personally, as an Ethiopian parliamentary member, I don’t feel proud that Ethiopian related issues are discussed in the US as if we are not capable of solving our
problems…………He feared that H.R 2003 is just another issue where Ethiopians get in to conflicts taking supporters and opposition roles instead of toning down and listening to each other.”

12/10/07 @ 15:38
Comment from: Yeha [Visitor]

Alula yemesker,

indeed H.R 2003 is dead fish. No longer accountable.Yeha

12/10/07 @ 15:58
Comment from: Tibebu [Visitor]

I am one supporter of the opposition that rejects HR2003. This bill is anti-Ethiopia in its all forms. Ethiopians don’t need a bill in American congress that dictates how they run their country. It is an insult to a nation that prides itself as a 3000 year old independent country.

12/10/07 @ 16:29
Comment from: Sami [Visitor]

Here we go again Mr. Yeha
What do you want?
For Meles to hold the country hstage and pocket money coming to him for saling the country to China and Other who have interest to use our blood to revange…

It is not fair he has to GO!

12/10/07 @ 17:19
Comment from: shewaju [Visitor]

HR2003,DOESN`T Work in a Country,THAT has never been colonized.

12/10/07 @ 17:49
Comment from: Brooks [Visitor]

I support the Aim/Goal of HR2003. But the technics(LEGISLATURE) used is wrong.Cubans in Miami Used it 4 40 yr’s to no avail.Out of more than 200 amendement & Laws congress pased against Cuba none materialized. Relations between States shoulnd’t involve Legislation. The art of Poletics is always wins.

12/10/07 @ 18:01
Comment from: soma [Visitor]


Even though I have to respect different opinion and ideas from this two different poltical group the idea of these two Ethiopin politicians make me sick.

First they have been involved in Ethiopian politics for years but they have been in effective dubious and coward.

Among the two the pofessor has been the worst and the most unproductive other than keeping his job and acting like obstractionist and symbol of infective and passive old man.

Regarding the the second Keddetu Ayalew as his name is given for being govrenment agent he has lost his sole and direction .He is lokking for left over postion from Woyane Gang.

12/10/07 @ 18:07
Comment from: hulu100 [Visitor]

quastion: whose pushing HR2003 to this stage??
Answer: Ethiopians
Qw: How many are they ?
Ans: 99.5% Ethiopians who lives in USA!
Q: why they support it?
AN: B/c they understand what is democracy is they also teste it and like it
I am one of Proude Ethiopian who support HR

12/10/07 @ 18:11
Comment from: Deder [Visitor]

Please professor if you (MPs) could manage our problems why it suffers the life and development of the nation? Please stop the hypocracy that you covered up your self sice you sign in in the subserviant role of parliament. Ato Ledetu if you are partially ok with the HR2003 then what is the problem of your besses to accept what is stringed with it. Is it because it is from US congress why the Woyane refuse or it ’s content? Ato Ledetu it is a good staff for you that makes you “busy” kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk

12/10/07 @ 18:34
Comment from: Assab Ethiopia [Visitor]
Assab Ethiopia

I think Beyene Petros needs a crash course about how the US Congress works.It is different than the woyane Parlama which is the same as TPLF Central committee.We all now can speek in full confidence that about 86 senators expressed their support for HR2003 and it is hust a matter of days before it becomes the law of the land.Even the President has no choice exept to sign it.Melese has an information through his loby firm that the issue is a foregone conclusion and that is why they are scared in Ethiopia.Those killers will be brought to justice starting from the TPLF chairman, Melese Zenawi.The US congress and the government are two separate branchs and Beyene Petros(the so called opposition member)needs to know this before opening his mouth.

12/10/07 @ 19:48
Comment from: ye ethio lij [Visitor]
ye ethio lij


u sound like stupid u need to go to school

12/10/07 @ 20:06
Comment from: shaa [Visitor]

:!:Ya, HR is AGAINST the sovernighty of our country.
But the question is ‘When and How our country get all free and democratic instituations, Election board, Judiciary system and so on for construction of the non-existant democracy????’:?:
This is parable for me!!B)

12/10/07 @ 20:06

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