The Tigrayan traditional elite and peasantry had a strong regional identity and deeply resented the decline of Tigray. In TUSA emerged a Marxist trend favoring national self-determination for Tigray within a revolutionary transformed democratic Ethiopia. TNO was to prepare the ground for the future armed movement of Tigray. Berhu was appointed as political commissioner.
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His return to Ethiopia after more than thirty years absence in exile a month ago was about rebuilding his political image and trying to remain relevant in the fast changing Ethiopian political landscape. The much-vaunted development and improvement has amounted to very little. This is the reality of decades of neglect as the long-entrenched elite focused on their enrichment and power, failing the people of Tigray, he says.
In tune with the widespread feeling of entering a new era, Aregawi says he would work in order to advance a reconciliation process and achieve coexistence between different ethnic groups in Ethiopia. One of his immediate tasks, he said, would be to travel to different parts of the Oromia, Amhara and southern regions to talk to officials and community members to move away from polarization and demand a halt on attacks on Tigrayans who live in other regions.
Exile years and rites of passage of self-development This is the latest chapter in the story of a man who dropped out of his third year political science study at the University of Addis Ababa and travelled back to the Tigray bush in to take part in a nationalist revolt against the regime in Addis Ababa.
Aregawi left his homeland and moved to Netherland after he was officially expelled from the party in He lived in Amsterdam in exile most of those years. He has taken part in various seminars, panels and open discussions. I have learned valuable lessons in my exile years. Conversely, in the name of secession, it has become common to deny the merits of unity and the progress it entails, he explains. In both cases, denial feeds dissonance and propagates uncalled-for conflicts within the opposition and beyond, he says.
The balance could be found and it is somewhere there, he says. Aregawi has no illusion about the difficulty for him and other opposition returnees to develop enough of a reputation nationally to be credible contenders and possess the capacity to shoulder the responsibility of this complex country. Despite the present-day optimism, the country looks set for some very choppy political waters ahead as small parties are trying to assert their presence and clash over both ethnic representation and personality.
We could have a system in which the right, left and maybe the centre agenda is represented. What do we need the other parties for? Regional parties that would build up extra support in particular constituencies? Our party has been clear from the very start. We said we would join other forces for common goals and agenda. Our party was organized under the agenda of Tigray cause because were obliged under the then climate. Embracing only Tigray cause would take us nowhere.
Mulugeta Aregawi, a lawyer who teaches Constitution and Media Law at the Addis Abeba Universty, says the question should be whether those in charge in Tigray would let him to be relevant or not, he told Ethiopia Observer. Kibret Mekonnen, 48, a co-founder and editor of the defunct monthly magazine and weekly news paper, Aimiro and now living in exile in Amsterdam since describes Aregawi as a devoted politician who has sacrificed all his personal interests for the Ethiopian political struggle.
The multiple problems and challenges of the nation distorted by decades of unjust and oppressive rule means the struggle will be long, Aregawi Berhe says. He is yet hopeful that the country is ripe for a change in style and a policy objectives and priorities.
Aregawi is in a good position to play an important moderating role to ease the ethnic tension and bring the people in Tigray region in harmony with people in other regions. Even his critics must concede that the TPLF founder is someone who has first-hand knowledge what it takes and he is a political survivor. Please cite Ethiopia Observer prominently and link clearly to the original article if you republish. If you have any queries, please contact us at ethiopiaobserver protonmail.
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