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Ethiopia - Severe tremor in CUD
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia - The famous faces of the 2005 election who sounded sincere and altogether have nowadays become foes who openly disrespect one another, other week in week out. That move has finally been backed with action this week as Chairman Hailu Shawel suspended five members of the leadership. The executive committee on the other hand, has pledged to get the decision reversed.
In what came out to be the peak of internal problems among the CUD leadership, Chairman Hailu Shawel has suspended five members of the leadership on 11 December, 2007, while the executive committee retaliated the next day by threatening to take what it called an “illegal” measure by the Chairman to the party’s Supreme Council for final verdict.
The five suspended leadership members are Dr. Berhanu Nega, Birtukan Mideksa, Gezachew Shiferaw, Dr. Hailu Araya and Biruck Abebe. Hailu Shawel identified Dr. Berhanu Nega as the ringleader of the ‘conspiring’ team.
The Chairman accused the five suspended people of plotting to overthrow the party leadership and to misdirect the party struggle contrary to the party bylaws. In a detailed description of these accusations, Hailu Shawel also included exposure of party funds for misappropriation and divisive activities of the suspended in the party. According to the Chairman, the team is conspiring to create hatred and suspicion among CUD members, as opposed to striving to have the legal recognition of the party reinstated, working for the release of the imprisoned and reopening of closed offices.
On the other hand, executive committee members, led by party deputy Chairperson Birtukan Mideksa issued a press release explaining the actions of Hailu Shawel as contravening party laws. The press release noted that the Chairman’s decision to suspend the five people is not compatible with the procedures stated in Article 10/3 of the bylaw.
The executive committee accused Hailu Shawel of precluding committee meetings and setting up the party’s international council despite the decision by the majority of the committee members not to do that. The statement went on to describe the Chairman as someone who is not willing to submit to majority rule and alerted people not to take part in efforts to destroy the party.
This week’s rattling measures and activities by what have clearly become the two factions in the CUD, are a culmination of grudges that have been brewing since the release from of the party’s leadership.
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