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Ethiopia will elect a new president to replace the retiring current president Girma Wolde-Giorgis, who is 82 years old. President Girma's term will end on Monday, October 8, 2007 during which the Parliament of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia will hold a joint assembly of both houses to elect a new President of the federal republic. Girma Wolde-Giorgis was elected on October 8 2001.
The presidency in Ethiopia is largely a symbolic office with little power. The power lies with the Prime Minister and TPLF. The parliament in Ethiopia is largely considered a rubber stamp for the ruling Tigray People's Liberation Front.
“The presidency in Ethiopia is largely a symbolic office with little power. The power lies with the Prime Minister and TPLF. The parliament in Ethiopia is largely considered a rubber stamp for the ruling Tigray People’s Liberation Front.”
hahahahahaha,,,,i like this statement
the next symbolic president would be ABOY SIBHAT NEGA,,,,,down wz z TPLF junta
If the time were coincide with the term of prime monster it was better to elect him and bring the current power to the president. what is the problem!!!Othewise changing the constitution which is inevitable!!!
I predict, since we are in the full moon year of “Kutta lebash hulu,” the next nominee will be Aklilu Habte. I just hope he will not accept, and destroy his past good deeds in one stupid act.
let this frog face retire.He looks owful..
God bless president GIRMA WELDEGIORGS.He is a good president of ethiopia.I appriciat him because, he stands with reallity what ever the anti Ethiopians puzzled at him.He served his country from millitary officer upto president of ethiopia.
retire from doing what? Come on Girma don’t fool yourself. what a disgrace human being. ashangulity
Oh what a joke.
The salary they are paying him could be used to provide basic needs to the street kids in Addis and shelter to the homeless.
Shame on the regime.
Hey Cowboy, how was your vacation as a president? I can’t believe this guy made headlines. Have you seen some of the his videos as a chairman of the pariament. In any case since you can be my father’s age I wish you farewell with a poor grade in your performance as the president of Ethiopia. I must say you look more impressive in photo than live tv so I have to say you did a good job in hiding or taking the back seat for the past 15 years in your role as the president.
I did not know the president was elected by ‘parliament’ (read: Meles). So who is TPLF going to appoint? Do we know?
weche gud… you know what Girma’s name
in Ethiopia? His name is Mamush
“wefe komech” because he is very old
Give it to Eshetu Daba, he seems very knowledgeable of ‘Teret Teret’.
Hey PPL WHAT DO U THINK IF THE PRESIDENT
WILL BE MUSLIM?
He is a great person/president/. I wish him the best.
Do we really need a PM and a president?
I do not think so. Ethiopia needs a
President for 4 yrs with two term, which
require constitutional amendemet.
What do you say?
í couldnt stop laughing at your comment
gad bless president girma he do his best for his cauntry!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Come on Woyane!
Don’t play with election or the like.
You don’t have to elect any more, but you have to go.
95% of ethiopian are egger to see you from back, hopefully you will ware you “kumta” and we don’t know how it looks like from behind. Expectdly it has lot of holes.
you guys are so funny lol.I wonder who will be the next customer service representative? Maybe Eng Haile shawel before he dies?
Let’s farewell President Girma with respect and honor on his departure from the Presidency. He is an exceptional Ethiopian of high caliber who worked-hard all his life in many responsibility areas, and who has offered a lot to his country and people. The president has a rich biography, filled with a living monument of hard-work and sacrifice on areas that matter most to many Ethiopians. President Girma remains in history not only as the first elected Ethiopian president to finish his term, but also, as a roll model for those who value hard-work and achievement with Ethiopanness. We hope that the next President will follow on his foot-steps of fighting HIV, disease, alarming population growth, poverty, and his passionate wish in seeing a greener Ethiopia through aforestation and natural conservation. For those who are obsessed with politics, his deeds for the last six years are exemplary proofs to remind them that the nation has many other issues that needs tremendous attention of the higher office. Besides, Ethiopia has more than its share of politicians to worry with the doggy-dog world of Ethiopian politics.
Biography of the President: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Girma_Wolde-Giorgis
i spread my reeds on the floor and it reads B.D. What does it forecast? Simply guessing.
How about Sinzro for Presidentee.
1st. Negaso Gidada 2nd. Girma Wolde-Giorgis kkkkkkkkkk woyane is playing a game, woyane put oromo President`s both times. God knows which oromo is going to sworn in this time kkkkkkkk who knows it mite be an arab like Shiek Alamudin kkkkkkkkkkkkk
What about Engineer Hailu Shawel? But a real president not a rubber stamp of the PM as wiki put it. Lol Shawel as Zenawi’s political partner. i like it. Imagine the impossible and give Peace a chance.
If it has to be from the Parliament then get the real elder opposition elder. S.E., Or, A., Og. B.Sh.
Metoaleka Girma will going to hell becuase of the coraption of food not money. He was always eating like a pig and horse and contributes a lot for the current food price inflation.
This is a good democratic process we never had before with past government…
Shoa says Akililu H. Cmmon now gone are the royalists with the wind. I prefer the rehabilitated dergists than the negestat chroniclers, lost souls, for example … . Any one of them but active in Ethiopia are valid as candidate, i like to think. But what about our Balageru from Bishoftu?
Did Meles switch off the Vibrate mood wich he put in BETE MENGEST……
Girma cool vibrate mood guy to entertain whole ethiopian with his walking style…. hw i love him….
Guys Vibrate mood is OFF…. now lets wait what kinda mobile vibrate going to happen to Ethiopian Politics…..
He is an old pupot man like Negaso gedadda.He will go EPRP to her dotter Aster.They are there for money not Ethiopia.Nega Sibhat will elect to Presdent.
Ethiopia needs a president with a clear mind and able to express his position on critical items of the country.
To my disappointment, nothing is heard of Mr. Girma. He never criticized or addressed basic issues of the country at critical times.
Though the president has more of a representative function, he should be a personality able to examine critical situations and give even an arbitrary statement. In other countries (for e.g. Germany) the president (called Bundespresident) is not a puppet of the ruling party. The Bundespresident is a personality highly repected by all parties.
Let us hope that our country will get a president, whom we all can be proud of, who can analyze and address the nation and most of all who can advise in critical situations.
Ohooo! Biyaa Sangaan hinjjirree hrreetu grmaama: the saying of Oromo
Chirs Girma yemekabir CVshen asamireshal!!!!!!!!!!!!
I call on Meles to do his old buddy one of the biggest favor by letting him stay at Eyobeliyu until his carcass is pulled out. That is his ultimate dream -to die on the the Emperor\’s Chair. After all, this is not a big demand; what would an Ethiopian president do do other than go out once a while to cut a ribbon? He has been doing this job very well while sitting on his wheelchair.
I am with Free in fevour of transfering bloodless power to you. But before that, you need to get a title otherwise you will wipe out all title holders.
Hi Girm today I am so happy. I hear that you will go out from you chier.
O God today you hear us.
Find another incapable retiree who worships in you. Or you can bring one of your old cousins from your mother’s side.
Stop mocking Ethiopians. All power and economy is in your grip. Your presidents are just doormen at the palace. This time find someone who runs to Bole Airport faster.
All of you with nasty comments here are just jealous of the president and the brave fighters of the EPRDF. You are wolf crying because u know you are outsmarted. old school politicians who don want to see change in our country. VIVA ETHIOPIA@S EPRDF.
ATO GIRMA, YOU MUST HAVE BEEN TOLD YOUR LAST DAY ON EARTH BY YOUR PHYSICIAN.
A wise man with a calming effect like a Teddy bear.
Why is CUD made up little chickens who are both vegetarian and scavengers at the same time. A smart kid asks, “Leka Lekawent; why do the roasters crow in unisom every morning; are they made by a watch maker? No there is one big roaster in heaven when he crows all those on earth follow his lead because they don’t know better. Kid, “Does not the waste of the crow defile heaven with his Kuss/” No when he does that he turns his hole towards hell where enemies of Ethiopia, CUD, OLF, Shabiea and OPLF goes to get their reward of 12 prostitutes. Kid, did not I hear these people are castrated by EPRDF. Lekalekawent, they have no time for entertain they just hear when the prostitutes scream burning in hell as they themselves come out for a cigarette break. kid, come to think of it, when the big roaster in heaven turns his back towards hell does not the fire of hell touches his back feather and get him down to roast. The Lika lekaunt gets angry with the witty questions of the kid and shouts at him why should I care if he roasts on earth or in hell, it is a God forsaken CUD, Shabia, OLF, OPLF born to be roasted any way; don’t ever come near me you silly devil. Free what ever your name is and may you get reincarnated as a crow and land on a frying pan for dinner, since there is nothing good in you in this life, as a man. You are a lair, an idol worshiper and accusers of good human beings in this life. You lair you call yourself kid and free when I know that you are Senzero-dwarf.
I nominate M.T.
Our mekegna Hamassien from Mendefera. Since they have the Prime Monstorship,why don’t we add them the Presidency.
Your days are numbered, until then lehachehen azrebreb.
i didn’t know ethiopia has president, i thought ato girma was meles children baby set??
Whose next after the Zombi President .
Certainly another Wodam Aderby puppet
of Zenawi and TPLF thugs .You guys stop
your comedia by any means you can not
fool us .Why not Lidetu Kidetu and all
these useless so called MPs and intellectuals
like Endrias Echete or Mulugeta Asrate Kassa.
LONG LIVE THE TRUE ETHIOPIANS !!!!
So the parlament is going to select the next retiree?
Mr. Girma has already retired when he become a president.
The constitution is stupid. The prime minster should be the one who should retire after two terms, not his dolls.
I can understand your fear about CUD, OLF, & ONLF. Like a Beaver or Squirrel, Tigreans are stealing and piling up resources from other Ethiopian regions. The reality is whatever they steal would not last forever. Only God knows how you guys finance and maintain the universities and industries constructed all over Tigray. The resources you stole and accumulated last probabily for the next 5 to 10 years. What’s gonna happen after 10 years? I also udertand your other fears. Once the TPLF regime is removed by the united forces of OLF, ONLF, CUD, and other oppressed people of Ethiopia, the time for the “Twisted” Eshetu on Computer Monitor will also come to an end. Do you know why I said “Twisted"? Daba in Afaan Oromo means twist. A true Oromo never take Daba as a human name. Let me give you this homework: Find the differences among the following Oromo vocabularies:
You may ask an OPDO, if he/she knows the differences. Hopefully, I will see you online soon with your your twisted responses.
“ye gulecha melewawet wetun ayatafetewum”
can anyone show me what the “constitutions” says about this?
Eshetu Daba AKA Eshetu Dedeb
I will nominate you for this JOKE called the presidiency. Since you know how to lick …. you will be good at in licking Melese’s …..
Make sure Girma leaves his Cow boys hat for you, beside your big bonus may be that will be the only honor this job will get you. I will say again Eshetu Dedeb for president.
Thanks for the nomination Shewit, but i kindly reject that.
As a matter of fact I lwould ike to work as the president’s constant gardener in the open field of his green court salivating - of grass cutting and hard work. While you drink your aguat in one breathe, standing - balege yeeregna lidge.
I Am not a Hamas(eni), but i would like to bring them home - they riotted and seceded because of the bad deeds of Feudal Ethiopia. They are lost children of Ethiopia. We must not force them but convince them our land is theirs. They decide. Agreed or disagrred, they come or they stay we need our sea outlet. Here all Ethiopians back me. You can stay away if you like.
Mudja-aleam, tifraam pickout 1st from your toes
the 1 cm thick protozoan worm and then insult me.
Respect H.E. the president.
Jubilee Palace’s Constant Gardener
We need a king not a president.Let’s go back to our true identity.
Can you make things simpler. Diaspora would have difficulty understanding such complex narrative. Bottom line is
it would be better to appoint one from
the opposition in a true spirit of
reconciliation. I mean the opposition in Ethiopia. Meles is capable of doing that. The opposition in diaspora
is running for EU parliament and US congress?! The enemies of Ethiopia ( Diaspora CUD, Eritrea, OLF, OPLF) will be disappointed if the opposition were to be appointed to the presidency. I know Berhanu Nega would like to be president, but he is sleeping with sworn enemies of Ethiopia. Hailu Shawl may have a chance. Is he not the same age as Girma?
Andu gulecha biwered Lalaw gulecha yewetal, Why do we bother about electing president?Ato Girma, you are going to die why do you have to believe in Meles.
I nominate Azeb Mesfin , Liya Kebede and Meseret Defar for the next president of Ethiopia.
President? What president? Which country? Did he ever did any thing at all? for the last 6+ years, give me break.
I will nominate WOYANE cyber agents from Tigray.
1, Eshetu Daba[Shefada]
2,Yeha from Adwa
3,M.T from Teklehaimanot
4,Lekim kebero from Rama
5,Zeru Hagos from Aiga[Mekelle]
Good luck fellas,
It is the most useless post that functions within Ethiopia and add to that the president has been the most useless I have ever known.
Why don’t PM Meles retire for the good of Ethiopia and Ethiopians?
Ethiopia electing why not a prime minstae instead of a doarman .It is onather expance in pay check .
Eshetu Daba, if it wasn’t for the many responses, i wouldn’t read what you wrote, as usual, but today happened to be your lucky day that even Sinzero got the patience to read one of your many feeble stories. What are you trying to prove with all that ‘hateta’ anywayz, we already know you are good at ‘teret teret’, and that is why i had nominated the fool you.
Thank you my brother!
What a WRONG assumption you have made.
Good ridance. Guess who will be the next lap dog of Meles ?
you are too small to be president.
How about Donald Pyne for President.
What do we do with another a parrot president? It is all the same stupid game of Melees and his TPLF mafias who enjoy appointing people who are good for nothing. The choices of non Tigray president worth damn nothing except a mockery to the whole junta like regime of Melees.
It is time to you the “ shifta’s” of Tigray province to disappear to your mountain caves in Tigray and recite your “Qenee” bible so that God will give more “qoolloo “, you have nothing to grow in your barren province. After all what you eat comes from the fertile land of Oromia and other fertile provinces in Ethiopia. The era of parasitism is soon over.
What ever rubbish you speak about the OLF, you will never change the heart and the mind of Oromo people that the Wayne’s are the prime enemies of Oromo people and other oppressed nationalities in Ethiopia. The new alliance for democracy and human right will get ride of the TPLF junta in the course of our just struggle. The OLF will also continue to cooperate with all other oppressed nationalities in Ethiopia.
DOWN WITH THE TPLF JUNTA’S.
I did not know that Ethiopia had a president.
M.T. (Mekegna and Terra)
Sidbune eko ye gemershiw anchi nesh. Gardner is a commendable job for you. It runs in your banda family for generations.
As for being an Eregna, I think one can’t not reject. Better guide the heard, than beg on the streets of the country you hate. Sid ye lemagne lig. Antem sew honkina.
Go back to your country Eritrea.
IS TIME TO STOP PLAYING IN NAME OF DEMOCRACY,TELL AS WHO IS “THE HOUSE KEEPER"FOR THE NEXT SIX YEARS IF YOU STAY IN POWER .
Well so far Eshetu Daba is leading the poll for the presidiency but Lekim is challenging for recount, my vote gose to Eshetu daba,send me some money.
I think the hut is gift from bush
I would be the happiest person if this person goes off from ETV; so embarassed to see a president who, late alone to speak and have his own stand in idea, can’t even walk without assistance.
82 yr of age ? must be severely demented.Must go to Nursing home….did nothing remarkable for his`country
bye wefe qomech
I never knew Ethiopia had a president.
Even though the presidency is pure ceremonial position with no real power, still we should consider to give that position for my people the proud Somali from Ogaden. Otherwise bye bye Ethiopia. We can live better lives without you guys
You are the second candidate for the position—definitely better than that damn Daba guy—i will be waiting to hear the assassination of the country’s highest political figure by the first female(?) president, ‘Anchin yamene’!
How about some respect for this 75 years old cutie. After all, I was not herding cattle with you so I deserve some respect.
And what do you mean by “anchin Yamene”
Do you have problem trusting somalis??
hahaha…my apologies Madam.cutie, how did you know i was a camel herder who never had a fixed location and lacks the least of all discipline?
And, I am not talking to Somalis rather the Chameleon Woizero i happen to know.
I know you think of yourself as the heart and mind of Ethiopian Somalis and “kotus", but you are a mere individual for me.
Wozeiro Condjo: you are not qualified for the presidiency you just one confused old lady. Ayeee wozeriro negere.
I thought you were friend with Gundan and would learn from him some of that famous decorum of the Highlanders unfortunately you are demonstrating all the characteristic of those street urchins who grew up in the markets where they banter Khats.
What about Haile Gebreselassie, according to his last VOA interview, hes seems embrasing Meles and Lidetu.
Sorry for disappointing you, and thanks for taking me from the wilderness of the herders to the naughtiness of street dwellers. I agree that i have failed to pick Gundan’s decency but don’t you agree that i have simply mastered&perfected the 75 years old Woizero’s way of handling things? I thought it would be disrespectful if i had chosen Gundan’s over his elder’s. See, i am a good boy in my own terms, but still needs a little bit of guidance from the cutie woizero.
Since Mr. Zenawi is looking for someone from Non-Amhara last name for a doorman like presidency position, I think the so called “Hager Shimagile Mr. Efraim Yisak", deserves the position. Like Mr. Girma he is also half Oromo and half from another ethnic origin. In case Mr. Yisak decline to accept the offering, I think Eshetu Daba [Twisted Eshetu) deserves nomination for it and Yirgachefe to be Eshetu’s advisor. What do you think?
How about if I select a woman for President? What do you think? I would like to here from you…thats how democracy works.
I think Girma has nothing to do with TPLF lead
G/t, he is only a symbol.If he signed on life to be killed then retires from his possession , he will be responsible and convicted for his crimes.
Enaten yageba hulu Abate new’ unless we say this, the president of Ethiopia is like a cartoon image with no power at all. so if Girma retires, It is neither plus nor minus for us.during his tenure, he made the respected palace a ‘Tej Bet’
Why not they elect Nigussie or Dr Belay? They are loyal to TPLF ko.
belew belew ahun egni men areguashu?.Ato Germa thank you and good luck!Even if I don’t remeber anything you achieved.I wish you good rest don’t work too hard!
TPLF is committed for the liberation of donkeys and why does not they elect a donkey as a president to show their devotion.
So much for your wisdom and now you have lowered yourself with this rant and lost all respect with me dear sir. I have always taken time to read what you have to say but now you are in the same league with rest on the hot heads on this site. Ethiopia is doomed when political discourse is expressed in this manner. If this is free speech, I will have none of it.
this place should have reserve for eng
hailu shawel this is old peopel job
This time, the chair should go to pastoralists, not highland. This means, the next nominee will be Hassan Abdalla, or Mohamud Diri. But, I hope they will not accept.
He was one of the scandalous Oromo who disregard a fatal action of woyane.
Woyzero Konjo would make a good ‘Weshema’ of President Girma.
Would n’t it be better to rent the palace and make some money than electing another president only to occupying it for no use?
Oh what a great leader Ethiopia was having !!!!
Surprising i hope now the turn is for a baby boy from a kindergarten.
I can not believe that we Ethiopians insult an elderly person like the president of Ethiopia.This man achieve a lot in life starting from the least job to being the leader of this country.so atleast we should respect him for his age than not for what he has done for the country.Because most of us are not doing anything for our country as we supposed to but only talk.
I think the author should change the title of his article. Ethiopia has never chosen its president. Meles is the one who chooses them. Negaso and Girma were hand picked by Meles. Hand picked or not they were good for nothing. Tomorrow the rubber stamp parliament (itself not freely elected) will endorse the third hand picked president. But who cares for joke presidents and totalitarian governments? I think Meles is a psychopath who needs political theatre to keep himself high. I thought the millennium celebration was good enough for him for six months. But he needed one of those farce elections now. He will get it from the kangaroo parliament tomorrow. And then what is next? May be he needs another war with Eritrea. Of all things that is what he told Girma to speak today before leaving his palace for good and join his “areke bet” as usual. Can’t this people learn how to talk peace even when they are leaving office?
“Parliament plans to elect a new president — or perhaps to re-elect Girma — on Tuesday.” (International Herald Tribune, October 8, 2007).
Is it possible to re-elect him?
Yeah I saw the Video…..then again he acted as the Woyane Teddy Bear. At times he needed Baby Sitter. Obviously, though it is a tribe related appointment, Woyane likes joke in its political show of the Tele Tubbies.
O’Yeah. Meles needs someone to turn to in times of work load - someone who can entertain those foreigners who are less important in the political area. Surely,the Bear was just more an entertainment figure than a statesman. Every parliamentary enjoyed his comic leadership or handling of agendas which often he confused the Eritrean issue with the flood in Harar. The cow boy figure was probably the happiest president in the world who was just pushed up the ladder of presidency to serve as a toy. He was clothed in luck and no one detected his Alzheimer’s issue. For every word he spoke there he had someone wisphered to him before he opened his mouth. Reminds me of my “Kies Timihirt Bet” where we picked from the mouth of “Yeneta” and repeated every single
word after him.
He was more of Resident of the Palace than President of the nation.
He will definately be missed by MPs. So will he miss the Palace where he enjoyed life both as a President and an entertaining toy.
He will be remembered in history as Ethiopia’s funniest President with less or no presidential stress.
We wish him all the best.
You killed me!!! Hahahahahaha…
Lol @wefe Komech.
issayas for president.
So far I didn’t see any one who make sense!! I beleive there are so many Ethiopians out there who can nominate very good candidate for president or present them self to the candidacy. Why can’t you be serious and participate in a good manner. This is for the good of your own country. God bless Ethiopia!!! From the prime minister’s office.
Beka yebuna bet weree. Yediaspora chilot yihew new
My friend Shewayelem Zenawi,
Don’t you get it? You keep on talking to yourself. They are all ignoring you.
Their main concern is not what “ashangulit” to nominate for you, rather how soon you can be expelled to your country Eritrea.
Remember you hold the record, actually the only record, of a leader of a nation who celebrated the seceesion of part of the country he adminsters. “be enante gerba yalew tebasa, be enaem gerba ale,” we never did, and we will never forget that.
The next president should be mixed with Oromo, Tigray, and Amhara & Ogaden at least. His language should be Latin to keep the majority happy! He should also need to speak Swahili, French & Arabic to keep our French & Arab friends happy! English is not that important b/c these days too many Ethiopians speak English
Ethiopians are sick and tired of PARASITES. Whom are you cheating, it is all clear Ethiopia is ruled by one man called MELES ZENAWI - He is the PM, President, responsible for the Armed Forces and Foreign Affairs. I hope Ethiopia will be free from a one man rule like what happened in 1989 in the Socialist Countries.
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