Building a Stronger Democracy in Ethiopia

Building a Stronger Democracy in Ethiopia

Antony BlinkenDemocracy flourishes when institutions of governance are inclusive, transparent, accountable, and responsive to its people. With that immutable fact in mind, the United States commends those Ethiopians who exercised their right to vote on June 21.

Elections, however, are not in and of themselves a sufficient marker of democracy or genuine political reform. The June 21 elections in Ethiopia took place against a backdrop of grave instability, including increasing inter-ethnic and inter-communal conflicts, and an electoral process that was not free or fair for all Ethiopians. The boycott of the elections by opposition parties, the detention of vocal political leaders, and the ongoing violence in multiple parts of the country underscore the need to launch an inclusive effort to build a national consensus on the governance of Ethiopia that preserves the sovereignty and unity of the state and strengthens the constitutional order.

In this period following the election, it is critical that Ethiopians come together to confront growing divisions. We urge politicians and community leaders to reject violence and refrain from inciting others to violence. The United States stands ready to assist Ethiopians to advance post-election dialogue, resolution of conflicts, and national reconciliation in Ethiopia. The ongoing conflict, violence, and likely famine declaration in Tigray demand urgent action, including a ceasefire, the withdrawal of Eritrean forces from Ethiopian territory, the transparent investigation of atrocities, and unhindered humanitarian access to populations in need.

We look forward to a continued partnership with the Ethiopian people and to supporting efforts to promote inclusive political participation that moves the country forward on a path to democracy and national unity.

1 Comment

  1. Dear Secretary Blinken,

    I Read your comments on the Ethiopian Election, and got sick. There was no election in Ethiopia. You elect when there are at least two parties. In Ethiopia, it was the ruling party that run for office by it self alone. The opposition parties did not boycott. They were forced out. You know as much as I know that all opposition party leaders were rounded up and got imprisoned so that they will not run against the ruling party of Abiy Ahmed. Their offices were shut down everywhere. You know this. Then, you approved this un fair and not free election. Did you put yourself in the footstep of the Ethiopian people? It is one thing to keep quit and another thing not to tell the truth. A day will come when the colonized people will emancipate themselves. Please do not make the same mistake that the leaders in the past made. Let your conscience rule your true judgement. A day will come when the oppressed people will be free and live freely.

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