ELECTIONS FOR ERITREA

By Michael Abraha If multi-party elections were held in Eritrea with the next 18 months, Pres Isaias Afewerki would win by an overwhelming majority and voters would probably also grant him protection and immunity from prosecution

By Michael Abraha

If multi-party elections were held in Eritrea with the next 18 months, Pres Isaias Afewerki would win by an overwhelming majority and voters would probably also grant him protection and immunity from prosecution for any political wrongdoings or crimes.

Eritrea is the center of ancient African civilization and has remained connected to many foreign political and social cultures for centuries. No observer should underestimate the shrewd imagination, intelligence and judgement of the Eritrean people. The Eritreans would endorse pragmatic political and electoral measures in the interest of national stability, peace and prosperity.

And the people would very much prefer to hold the elections now while Ethiopia still controls Badme.

It should be remembered that the generation that briefly experienced free and fair elections during a very short period of ten years in the 50’s is no longer with us. That generation has long been gone. Eritreans then elected their Parliamentarians and Head of Govt within a Federal System with Ethiopia.

Indigenous Eritrean leadership existed before the Italians conquered the country in the late 1890s. Before the Italians came, Eritrea was, by and large, in the hands of brave leaders known as Rasi or Bahri Negasi (King of the Sea). Such a brave Eritrean hero managing the country was Rasi Woldemichael Solomon before he was tricked and lied to and captured by agents of Ethiopian Emperor Yohannes.

Unlike the present Eritrean leaders, Woldemichael Solomon provided swift justice to his opponents and he is said to never leave them languish in jails. He loved to engage and make peaceful arrangements with his enemies without fear that his power or authority might be affected in the process. “We make peace with our enemies not with our friends”, is known to be one of his favorite utterances.

With due respect to Pres Isaias and his aides, there is no such thing is “our unique way of doing things”. That is the standard government response whenever the question of change arises. The truth is that there is nothing unique about the nature of politics and governance. They are basically the same everywhere just as the crow is dark-colored in Eritrea as it is in Mongolia.

Humans and their politics are influenced by the same fears, hates, jealousies and survival questions – just as they were during the ancient Roman and Greek civilizations thousands of years ago.

Common sense and reality demand that the govt. loosens its grip over the people and allow free internal political debates and discussions today leading to elections. These are bound to end reinstating Isaias as President, which should perhaps be for just one term of four years. Many will disagree but it sounds like a perfect bargain for Isaias after an estimated fifty years in power first as liberation leader and then as post-independence Eritrea.

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  • Gezae May 14, 2017

    Today the one-party state is no longer the African norm. Rulers who have entrenched themselves for decades now at least go through the motions of having elections; most of them have so far passed off smoothly; a good half were credible. Whether true democrats or not, today, about a third of all African countries are at least electoral democracies, and virtually all regimes in sub-Saharan Africa have at least legalized opposition parties. Thus, if ever there was a time for us to demand for our rights to democracy, I daresay this is the time.

  • adhanom May 14, 2017

    Michael abraha
    Would u please go to the hgdef meetings and lend such. Solution to them. I do not understund why u are posting such articles in assenna instead of tesfanews, madote or shaebia.org. p/s do not insult eritreans. Eritrea is either for eritreans or for iseyas and his likes that includes u.

    • Michael Abraha May 14, 2017

      Adhanom: A sudden Arab Spring type of chaotic and bloody uprising will not happen in Eritrea, nor can that be regarded as a solution in any way. Chaos is not an answer. Do you think that is a solution? The key is engagement and a frank and open dialogue with our youth everywhere..There are many open-minded and democratic YPFDJ members as well as other youngsters who prefer not to be part of any organization. The future is in the hands of the young generation.

      • Jobbe May 15, 2017

        “Adhanom: A sudden Arab Spring type of chaotic and bloody uprising will not happen in Eritrea, nor can that be regarded as a solution in any way. Chaos is not an answer. ”

        What is the answer or the you want be the “answer”, legalizing a brutal regime of ‘deki khomaro’ and extending the rule of it rootless leader ?
        Please, have some decency, if you are left with any .

      • Danial May 15, 2017

        Unfortunately, Michael Abraha you are wrong, and you are underestimating the young people of Eritrea.

        PFDJ and YPFJD don’t represent Eritrean people. Isaias and his followers are not Eritrean, who are the main cancer of the Eritrea crisis, organ trafficking, refugees crisis. Are you working for the PFDJ and YPFDJ or are you related to Isaias by blood?

        Isaias is implementing the dream of Hail Slassie, who said that “Ethiopians don’t need Eritrean people, we only need the red sea 1960s”.

        I think, you are old enough to remember this message, when main young Eritreans killed by Hail Slassie. .

        Please don’t repeat your old history. PFDJ and his followers won’t represent Eritrea people.

        Young Eritrean people will take action against the regime and his followers.

  • andom May 14, 2017

    Mr abraha
    U are simply resah.

  • k.tewolde May 14, 2017

    Michael where did you get your polling?Gallup? or are you his son?

    • adhanom May 14, 2017

      K.tewelde
      This gay or guy is simply detached from the ordinary people. He is devoid of any integrity or may be he is or was part of the crime syndicate. Does he understand the pains the innocent eritreans are going through in hgdef dangeons and their families which is a crime whichever angle u at it. Does he know that all eritreans are victims of these crimes directly or indirectly. Does he know that no one is now ready to forgive iseyas, filipos, wedi kasa, wedi kebede, monkey and kisha all socked with crimes. I think mr abraha is one of those “usubat” by iseyas.

      • Gezae May 15, 2017

        I know from the right, we get the government is a problem mantra and we’re not satisfied with the government. In such a way we are doing much wild talking about changing this and changing that and we are criticizing the little things and missing the big. We remain in the position we couldn’t see the forest for the trees. From the left we get the so called opposition groups the Woyane regime tools. Together, they add up to a sense that our best days are behind us. I believe these nagging discontents are always the fulcrum for a teeter-totter of blame.
        However there’s so much good in it that we ought to begin to talk a little less about what’s wrong with and a little more about what’s right and that goes for the government and the followers too. Because- the Eritrean democratic reform for change is not Ethiopia’s or Woyane tags to win or lose; it is not America’s or the hate mongers group/s to win or lose. It is Eritreans for Eritreans win a win political plat-forum and thus the efforts envisage is just to shape a transitional government that all Eritreans can trust to protect. Thus, we have a common interest in the quickest end and the initiation to democratic reform process to preserve Eritrea as a terrestrially whole democratic sovereign state.
        Any how if multi-party elections were held in Eritrea with the next 18 months,i will give my ballot to PIA without hesitation for his first term settle the disputed country.

        • Jobbe May 18, 2017

          “Any how if multi-party elections were held in Eritrea with the next 18 months,i will give my ballot to PIA without hesitation for his first term settle the disputed country.”

          We are in a mess because some of you cannot live without being ruled by monster.

        • k.tewolde May 19, 2017

          I bet you will Mr/Mrs.Gezae,because he represents your core values and you will be his devoted constituent like you are now.As long as you maintain firmly your commitment to him and throw him a few dollars every now and then,he will safeguard your virtual relatives and property you have there.Fact is, a democratic mind is not wired that way.There is no lukewarm opposition or middle of the road,either you oppose a system or support it,but you and so many like you are opportunists and vacillators with no principle waiting for the right moment to move to the warmer side of the bed.That is the reason why the tyrant retires to his bed worry free every night and you maintain your permanent residence in the west because he don’t want you there, may be only to visit.

    • Asmara Eritrea May 14, 2017

      Let’s give credit where credit is due. I agree with Michael that if elections were held in Eritrea tomorrow the beast would win with probably 99% of the votes through intimidation, bribery and rigging which he and his cliques are experts.

      In my view, democracy and elections are luxuries the oppressed people of Eritrea can ill afford at this moment in time. Instead, what we should push for is the rule of law which underpins democracy and elections. For a start with a rule of law in place we can get Isaias locked up for his crimes in one of his shipping containers and throw the key away to the bottom of the Red Sea so he slowly burns to death.

      Once Isaias is gone, we can talk about elections but absolutely no point before then.

      Eritrea forever, death to dictatorship.

      • adhanom May 15, 2017

        Rule of law and democracy are inseparable. U can not have democracy if u have a single party. U can not have fair law if u have only one party.

        • Gezae May 18, 2017

          Adhanom

          Scientifically irrational, absurd and laughable statement. There is a lot of one part democracy systems in the world. Single-party system or one-party democracy is a type of state in which one political party has the right to form the government, usually based on the existing constitution. All other parties are either outlawed or allowed to take only a limited and controlled participation in elections. The Woyane mercenaries tags so called Eritrean opposition groups are outlawed groups and do not have position of responsibility in the land of the braves.

          The term de facto one-party state is used to describe a dominant-party system that, unlike the one-party state, allows (at least nominally) democratic multiparty elections like the Woyane EPRDF government, but the existing practices or balance of political power effectively prevent the opposition from winning the elections. .

          • Gezae May 20, 2017

            please add me “Sometimes” the term de-facto one party state is…….. Thanks

          • k.tewolde May 20, 2017

            Where did you study your political science professor Gezae? Hamelmalo? and yes it is the land of braves but the braves gave everything and they are long gone and we are left with people like you who support a moribund system from a distance because you have a 2 stanza dwelling flagged to be bulldozed if you don’t maintain your 2% ‘obligation’.

  • Stefanos Temolso May 14, 2017

    Waiting for Isayas to govern his people in the above stated benign manner is a dream. The writer does not know the inner character of Isayas. It would have been easier for Isayas to let things go their natural way. Nothing serious could have followed to his detriment. But the man is a timid person who is even afraid of his shadow. That’s why he always keeps his people in shackles. Sooner or later he face the fate of his friends Gadafi.

  • Stefanos Temolso May 14, 2017

    Waiting for Isayas to govern his people in the above stated benign manner is a dream. The writer does not know the inner character of Isayas. It would have been easier for Isayas to let things go their natural way. Nothing serious could have followed to his detriment. But the man is a timid person who is even afraid of his shadow. That’s why he always keeps his people in shackles. Sooner or later he face the fate of his friends Gadafi.

  • Nahon May 14, 2017

    “Common sense and reality demand that the govt. loosens its grip over the people and allow free internal political debates and discussions today leading to elections. These are bound to end reinstating Isaias as President, which should perhaps be for just one term of four years. Many will disagree but it sounds like a perfect bargain for Isaias after an estimated fifty years in power first as liberation leader and then as post-independence Eritrea.”

    By Michael Abraha

    Brother, congratulations for gradually distancing yourself from Higdef and its ideology.

    That said, it’s very difficult to imagine elections in Eritrea with Iseyas and Higdef in power.
    They have done so much damage that it looks almost impossible for them to make a turn around and accept the wish of people, and bring back the country to normality. They have gone too far.
    They have methodically dismantled every tradition of tolerance build over centuries of shared existence, to the extent that now Eritreans cannot even discuss their own problems together, let alone elections.
    While all those who oppose them find themselves in total disarray, the regime is killing Eritrea.
    The question is : for how long Eritrea will survive, if this situation continues with Higdef in power ?

  • Michael Abraha May 14, 2017

    There is so much wisdom and insight to draw from the revolutionary choices and decisions being made by tens of thousands of smart Eritrean youngsters to VOTE WITH THEIR FEET, leaving the beloved homeland behind and advising the president: “Sir, you are WRONG, WRONG and WRONG again on your ineffective permanent recruitment, on banning democratic rights, freedoms of expression, of movement and assembly….Sir, we need these fundamental human rights without further delay; it is not right for the country to keep waiting indefinitely until you sign peace agreement with Ethiopia or until Badme is returned to Eritrea and UN sanctions are lifted…The time for change is now.” This is what our precious youths are conveying loud and clear as they cross the border into Ethiopia risking shoot to kill orders. Members of YPFDJ in the diaspora should and must challenge the persuasive Advisor Yemane Gebreab when he pleads and implores in meetings in Europe that upholding basic human rights is not incompatible with the requirement to defend the country. YPFDJ and every Eritrean should also be seriously concerned that the defection of thousands of fighters to Ethiopia and Europe signifies the demoralization of the armed forces making Eritrea unable to defend itself against any external enemies.

  • Kalighe May 14, 2017

    “YPFDJ and every Eritrean should also be seriously concerned that the defection of thousands of fighters to Ethiopia and Europe signifies the demoralization of the armed forces making Eritrea unable to defend itself against any external enemies.”

    Sir,

    since when a fascist organization like YPFDJ (Like Mussolini’s Camice Nere) had any concern about Eritrea and the well being of its young people ?
    You seem to suggest Higdef without Iseyas is ok .

    • adhanom May 14, 2017

      No. he openly said iseyas should be given a four year term and immunity for his crimes. I think he is running away from his own crimes.

      • Kalighe May 15, 2017

        Iseyas should not have, even a grave in Eritrea, because that would be a shrine of a fascist leader, hence a source of instability in the future.

  • Natu May 14, 2017

    Dear Michael Abraha,

    You wrote ” …Pres Isaias Afewerki would win by an overwhelming majority and voters would probably also grant him protection and immunity from prosecution for any political wrongdoings or crimes….”

    How the hell could you take the right yourself to forgive or condemn criminals like DIA in the name of the MASS ? First ask the victimes and hear what for an answer you would get. It is a matter of victim nationals and the nation itself that are still victimised violently in a cruel art and wise !!!!.

    The real court process is going to take place even if he is dead. Just for remembrace for you, “where is your brothr/sister” that could by the way have already been answered by the group ‘ICER’ that is traceless and strangely disapeared.

    A trial is awaiting DIA at any means. Nobody can divert the step !!!

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