Party document says EPRDF faces serious threat, Front infiltrated by the opposition


ESAT News (June 1, 2016)

In a document presented for discussion in connection with its 25th anniversary, TPLF/EPRDF said it is under a serious threat both from within and outside.

The internal document said “rent seekers” from within and neoliberal forces from abroad have posed a serious threat to the survival of the Front and the government.

The document said neoliberal forces – a reference the TPLF/EPRDF uses to describe opposition political groups – have infiltrated the Front at all levels and have posed a serious threat to its existence.

“The people of Ethiopia have said enough to the misrule of EPRDF and have already risen up in rebellion against the Front in some areas of the country,” the EPRDF admits in the document.

The document also said “rent seeking” – a reference to corrupt practices by officials of the regime and their cronies – has gotten worse in the country. The document cited illegal ownership of land by regime’s officials and kickbacks in government contract dealings as well as in tax collection as some the problem areas.