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EPRDF making effort to maintain status quo

ESAT News (Dec. 26)—The forthcoming congress of the Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) slated to be held next February in Mekele, the capital of Tigray region, is not expected to reshuffle the leadership as it is struggling to maintain the status quo after the death of the late dictator Meles Zenawi, according well-informed sources.

In accordance with the bylaws of the EPRDF, the front is supposed to chose its leadership every two to two-and-half years. Member organizations of the front will soon elect their respective executive committee that will in turn form the main leadership for the front. The leader and deputy leader of the front is elected from the 36 executive committee members.

While the Oromo People Democratic Organization (OPDO) is widely expected to replace ailing OPDO chairman and president of Oromia region Alemayehu Atomsa, TPLF top guns are said to be unhappy about the state of affairs after the death of Meles Zenawi. Tewodros Adhanom, who was appointed minister of foreign affairs, and Debretsion Gebremichael, deputy prime minister and minister in charge of information technology and communication, are said to be the real candidates for the top position.