TPLF selects new leadership, no new faces


The 10th conference of the ruling Tigray People’s Liberation Front (Woyanne) this week selects new executive and central committees. The selection brought little change. Some of the changes are:

Sibhat Nega has been forced out. His ouster has been engineered by Meles Zenawi’s wife Azeb Mesfin who wanted to take over EFFORT, the TPLF business conglomerate that he has been controlling.

Seyoum Mesfin, Arkebe Equbay, and Abay Tsehay have been removed from the Executive Committee, but they remain in the central committee. They were the only remaining voices inside the executive committee (politburo) who some times stand up to Meles.

Azeb Mesfin, Debretsion Gebre-Mikael, and Beyene Mikru have been promoted to the Executive Committee.

The other six members — Meles Zenawi, Tsegay Berhe, Abay Woldu, Abadi Zemo, Tewodros Hagos, and Dr Tewodros Adhanom — remain in the 9-member executive committee. Meles will continue as chairman and Abay Wolde, currently Vice President of Tigray, has been selected as vice-chairman of TPLF, replacing Seyoum Mesfin.

Among the new Executive Committee members, Debretsion GebreMikael is known to be Meles Zenawi’s yes-man who has been assigned to block news web sites and jam radio stations as head of Ethiopian Information and Communication Technology Development Agency. His primary task as head of the agency is to make sure that most Ethiopians will not have access to information technology.

Beyene Mikru is another Meles Zenawi loyalist who has served as head of the Tigray Region Education Bureau.

Tsegay Berhe is another Meles loyalist who is currently the president of Tigray Region. He was appointed to that position after the former president of Tigray, Gebru Asrat, had a fallout with Meles. Gebru Asrat now heads the opposition Arena Party.

Of course we all know Azeb Mesfin, the first lady of Africa’s corruption who, along with her husband, has stolen hundreds of millions of dollars of Ethiopia’s treasure. Her new position as one of the 9 people who rule Ethiopia will allow to do more looting.

Dr Tewodros Adhanom is currently the Health Minister. Under his watch, Ethiopia’s health care system has become one of the worst in Africa. These days people in Ethiopia go to a hospital to die, not to get treatment.

Mulugeta Alemseged, Dr. Gebreab Barnabas, Dr. Adhane Haile, Tewolde Gebru (Director of TDA), Dr. Hailemikael Abera, Fiseha Zerihun (Mayor of Mekelle), and Dr Wolderufael Alemayehu have resigned from the Central Committee.

Gebreab Barnabas is responsible for the Anuak massacre (genocide) in Ethiopia’s western region of Gambella.

There is little surprise in the selection of members to both the the Executive and Central committees. It is simply a reshuffle of existing members to allow Meles Zenawi solidify his grip on the organization.

Similar reshuffles have taken place in TPLF’s puppet groups, OPDO and ANDM. Addisu Legese, Tefera Walwa, Aba Dula Gemeda, Junedin Sado and other high-profile puppets have been removed from top leadership positions, while tail-wagging loyal adghis Demeke Mekonnen, Gedu Andargachew, Alemayehu Atomsa, and Kuma Demeksa were promoted to chairmanships.

The new TPLF Executive Committee

1. Meles Zenawi
2. Tsegay Berhe
3. Abay Woldu
4. Abadi Zemo
5. Tewodros Hagos
6. Dr Tewodros Adhanom
7. Debretsion Gebre-Mikael
8. Beyene Mikru
9. Azeb Mesfin

The new TPLF Central Committee (Politburo)

1. Meles Zenawi
2. Seyoum Mesfin
3. Abay Tsehaye
4. Fetlework Gebre-Egziabher
5. Arkebe Equbay
6. Beyene Mikru
7. Debre-Tsion Gebre-Michael
8. Roman Gebre-Selassie
9. Dr. Tewodros Adhanom
10. Abay Woldu
11. Azeb Mesfin
12. Nega Berhe
13. Desta Bezabih
14. Abay Nebso
15. Gobezay Wolde -Aregay
16. Kiros Bitew
17. Tewodros Hagos
18. Mikael Abreha
19. Yitbarek Ameha
20. Alem Gebre-Wahd
21. Tsegay Berhe
22. Dr. Addisalem Balema
23. Teklewoyni Assefa
24. Berhane Kidane-Mariam
25. Abadi Zemo
26. Niguse Gebre
27. Hadish Zenebe
28. Getachew Belay
29. Berhane Gebre-Kirstos
30. Tirfu Kidane-Mariam
31. Tewolde Gebre-Tsadikan
32. Hishe Lemma
33. Kidusan Nega
34. Essayas Wolde-Giorgis
35. Tilahun Tarek
36. Zeray Asgedom
37. Meseret Gebre-Mariam
38. Mengisteab Wolde-Kidan
39. Getachew Assefa
40. Daniel Assefa
41. Tesfalem Yehdego
42. Gebre-Meskel Tarek
43. Tewolde Berhe
44. Sahleselassie Teka
45. Eyassu Tesfay

The new ANDM executive committee

1. Demeke Mekonnen
2. Gedu Andargachew
3. Addisu Legesse
4. Bereket Simon
5. Kassa Tekle-Berhan
6. Tefera Deribew
7. Binalf Andualem
8. Ayalew Gobeze
9. Berhan Hailu
10. Alemnew Mekonnen
11. Melaku Fenta
12. Tadesse Kassa
13. Ahmed Abtew

New ANDM Central Committee Members

1.Addisu Legesse (Chairman)
2.Tefera Walwa (Deputy Chairman)
3.Dr.Sintayehu Wolde-Michael
4.Ayalew Gobeze (Executive Committee member)
5.Bereket Simon (Executive Committee member)
6.Dr. Misrak Mekonnen
7.Ambachew Mekonnen (Executive Committee member)
8.Demeke Mekonnen (Executive Committee member)
9.Firehiwot Ayalew
10.Yohannes Buayalew (Executive Committee member)
11.Tefera Deribew
12.Zimam Assefa
13.Getachew Mengiste
14.Birhan Hailu (Executive Committee member)
15.Genet Gebre-Egziabher
16.Melaku Fenta
17.Kebede Chane
18.Dr. Assefa Gebre
19.Yoseph Reta (Executive Committee member)
20.Genet Zewde
21.Shitaye Minale
22.Getachew Haile-Mariam
23.Hilawi Yoseph
24.Bazezew Chane
25.Tesfaye Getachew
26.Getachew Jembere
27.Gedu Andargachew
28.Serawit Sileshi
29.Yinager Dessie
30.Alebachew Nigussie
31.Meseret Tesfu
32.Dawit Yohannes
33.Zenebu Tadesse
34.Dr.Hassen Teshome
35.Nega Tsegaye
36.Mulugeta Wuletaw
37.Wuletaw Haile-Mariam
38.Tilaye Gete
39.Tabor Gebre-Medhin
40.Tadesse Kassa
41.Alemayehu Sewagegn
42.Mulugeta Seid
43.Gebeyaw Tadesse
44.Yehulu Denekew
45.Desalegn Wodaje
46.Genet Tadesse
47.Tessema Gebre-Hiwot
48.Meles Tilahun
49.Mitiku Beyene
50.Mule Tarekegn
51.Mekonnen Yelewmwossen
52.Yalew Abate
53.Dessalegn Ambaw
54.Wubishet Abera
55.Legesse Tulu
56.Tadesse Shewa
57.Tefera Feyisa
58.Sileshi Temesgen
59.Fanaye Yilma
60.Binalf Andualem
61.Getaye Ambaye
62.Workineh Mekonnen
63.Hassen Yesuf
64.Melke Tadesse
65.Ambachew Abate

The new OPDO executive committee

1. Girma Birru
2. Sofian Ahmed
3. Kuma Demeksa
4. Alemayehu Atomsa
5. Abadula Gemeda
6. Muktar Kedir
7. Zelalem Jemaneh
8. Abdulaziz Mohammed
9. Diriba Kuma
10. Aster Mamo
11. Junedin Sado
12. Almayehu Ejigu
13. Lemma Megerssa
14. Umer Hussen and
15. Degife Bula

New OPDO Central Committee Members

1.Abadula Gemeda (Chairman)
2.Girma Biru (Deputy Chairman)
3.Kuma Demeksa (Executive Committee Member)
4.Shiferaw Jarsso (Executive Committee Member)
5.Aster Mammo (Executive Committee Member)
6.Muktar Kedir (Executive Committee Member)
7.Juneidi Saddo (Executive Committee Member)
8.Jemal Usman
9.Demisse Shito
10.Mustafa Abasemal
11.Lemma Megersa
12.Ababu Hordoffa
13.Muhammed Abdosh
14.Abdulkadir Abdi
15.Jibril Mohammed
16.Workneh Gegeyehu
17.Alemayehu Ejigu
18.Biru Wirt
19.Fikadu Tessema
20.Zelalem Jemaneh (Executive Committee Member)
21.Sisay Negash
22.Abera Hailu
23.Abdulaziz Mohammed
24.Dr.Mohammed Hassen
25.Sileshi Gode
26.Driba Kuma (Executive Committee Member)
27.Beker Shale
28.Sufian Ahmed
29.Kidanu Kebede
30.Dr.Hassen Mohammed
31.Gurmessa Shurabe
32.Degife Bula
33.Eshetu Desse
34.Tekle Dereesa
35.Alemayehu Atomsa
36.Daba Debele
37.Dagnachew Shiferaw
38.Gelana Nuresa
39.Getachew Bedane
40.Dewano Kedir
41.Alake Sinbro
42.Regassa Kefyalew
43.Gifti Abasiya
44.Professor Mesfin Abebe
45.Ali Siraj
46.Alemayehu Tegenu
47.Itaffa Tola
48.Nega Abamecha
49.Gebissa Tesfaye
50.Adanech Habebe
51.Mohammed Jillo

New SEPDM Central Committee Members

1. Teshome Toga (Executive Committee member)
2. Hailemariam Dessalegn (Executive Committee member)
3. Shiferaw Shigute (Executive Committee member)
4. Alemayehu Assefa
5. Tsegaye Mamo (Executive Committee member)
6. Tekle Didu
7. Birhanu Adelo (Executive Committee member)
8. Shiferaw Teklemariam (Executive Committee member)
9. Fikru Gnakal
10.Kaidake Gezahegn
11.Admasu Ango
12.Kassu Ilala (Executive Committee member)
13.Aster Donocho
14.Assefa Kessito
15.Hirut Delebo
16.Zerihun Kebede
17.Mekuria Haile (Executive Committee member)
18.Siraj Fegesa (Executive Committee member)
19.Mathewos Galebo
20.Damana Darota
21.Amarech Bekalo
22.Tamiru Taddese
23.Muder Sema
24.Amarech Agidew
25.Zenebe Zafu
26.Yakob Yala
27.Nuredin Hassen
28.Redwan Hussein (Executive Committee member)
29.Gebremariam Setegn
30.Sani Redi
31.Tamirat Irfo
32.Amanuel Otoro
33.Kebede Kanchula
34.Nigatu Densa
35.Mofariat Kamil
36.Meles Gashe
37.Ayano Baraso
38.Gorfu Sigido
39.Gebrekristos Nuriye
40.Wodo Ato
41.Berhanu Bikito
42.Ake Hidana (Executive Committee member)
43.Maeregu Habtemariam
44.Abere Kipe
45.Eristu Yirda
46.Debebe Abera
47.Workinesh Weishango
48.Bateno Ahmed
49.Mathewos Maldayo
50.Gumachew Kussie
51.Teklewold Atnafu
52.Zerhun Zewde
53.Frenesh Mekuria
54.Eyob Anbesse
55.Tejitu Samuel
56.Efrem Worku
57.Taddese Sella
58.Petros Woldesenbet
59.Seifu Kinfu
60.Wogayehu Biyadgilign
61.Balguda Bekele
62.Moges Balcha
63.Adanech Dilnesaw
64.Wondimu Gezahegn
65.BIrhanu Kifetew
66.Messele Bezabih
67.Tesfaye Belachew
68.Tefera Molla
69.Ketema Shiferaw
70.Darota Guma
71.Jamal Reshid
72.Kassahun Alemu
73.Adama Tinpaye
74.Mulugeta Fetene
75.Dereje Dakegucho
76.Tesfaye Beljig
77.Tufa Doicha
78.Temesgen Tilahun
79.Misrak Abebe
80.Irano Elebo
81.Sania Sani
82.Birhanu Minota
83.Adane Gebeyehu
84.Meles Alemu
85.Tekle Tessema
86.Tadelech Dalocha
87.Moges Moroma
88.Usman Surur
89.Tegasa Chaffo
90.Elias Ramahato
91.Dawit Gebremedhin
92.Ayano Semono
93.Solomon Tesfaye
94.Assefa Abiyo
95.Bergude Bancha
96.Fate Sermolo
97.Kamil Ahmed
98.Sein Gebreyohannes
99.Binyam Nehmia
100.Mihretu Giso


26 thoughts on “TPLF selects new leadership, no new faces

  1. Ethiopie on

    I would be the happiest man on earth if i could avoid atleast fifteen of these thugs from our planet.

  2. biraatuu on

    they said GULICHA BILEWEWAWET WET AYATAFITIM….

    they are all the same criminal and racist group that are ready again to carry out more crimes and corruptions to continue to stay in power……

    but ethiopians dont care much about the shuffling of tplf criminal and racist group…..we are awaiting the final days to get rid of the tplf terrorist and criminal group once and for all from ethiopia, and yet this requires everyone’s effort and contribution towards the struggle that is being started by a few brave ethiopians….lets all join the struggle by any means…espeically finacially from here in Diaspora regardless of previous bad experiences on oppostions…we should come out and support them if we need the end of tplf terrorist era….

    death to all tplf central committee members, other members, blind supporters, and hodam servants..

  3. Kahsai Belai on

    TPLF runs like a private business owned by Melese Zenawi and his wife. TPLF is corrupted by nepotism. All these groups are related to each other directly or indirectly. Gradually Melese became a cult leader. Song was written about him and books were written about him. His pictures are in display where ever you go. Now he brought his wife to power like Mao and Nicolae Ceausescu. The old dogs are out replaced by handpicked cadres that follow Melese like their god almighty.

  4. one Ethio on

    The same shit… good for nothing. Enemy of our people. Dear God pls do some thing….

    Happy Ethiopian New Year

  5. Yes Ellias you are right there is no new face in the executive committee. BUt Dr. Tewodros Adhanom has done a lot, the others is what you said.

  6. I count 4 on the Executive Committee and 1 on the Central Committee known to secretly support the opposition. So maybe it’s not as bad as it looks.

  7. Melbournian on

    Arkebe Ekubay is young looking(hand some), energetic, hard working and one of the few popular EPRDF officials in ethiopia, most expected as the next PM of ethiopia.But being liked by people cost him excutive commitee membership and looks like he had fall out with PM Melesse.

    The funny thing is PM Melesse assigned his wife as excutive commitee member of TPLF is one of the historical mistakes made by PM Melesse after advocating port asseb ownership of ereitrea and dividing the country by ethnic based federalism.

    Any way it is funny and the symptom of totalitarian behaviour.

    GOD GIVE US THE CONSIOUS

  8. from what I heard the out come of the new cc is because of the division inside TPLF leaders as well as the greed inside the TPLF camp. there is a hidden war inside the cc who is going to out numbered who. because of that some of the old TPLF members have resigned out of fear of going to prison. the insider also say the new TPLF cc is like a house of card. TPLF has transformed from a front to an organized family and ethnic (Awraja) based gangster groups. also this division is manifested in ordinary Tigraians inside and out side tigrai and abroad.

  9. Congratulation to the supporters of TPLF and to the galant fighters of the organization for peacful selection. Tigray will prevail and its enemies will perish
    Awet Nihafash

  10. Visitor1 on

    Dr. Tewodros Adhanom is probably the best Health Minister the country ever had! It is a fact! :):):)!

  11. Here is piece of idea to consider

    The burden of removing weyane from power must be shared by all citizens.The principle that need to be adapted is be self-reliant and assistance from Ethiopi’s traditional friends.The current desire to have any attachement with Eritria need to be discarded.What Ethiopia needs the most with Eritria is good neighbrly relationship.
    An opposing power to deter the emboldend policy of weyane need to be put in place.The long term object and focus need to be the removal of weyane;its short term plan to organize Ethiopians in one banner and prepare the public for a possible eventuillity.

    1-Sound out the call to form multi national armed organization.
    2-Train volunter,future military experts, citizens in friendly nations-Israil
    3- All Ethiopians make a vow to digg deep their pocket and finance this liberating army.

  12. Jegnaw Ethiopiawe on

    # 13 visitor1
    I hope you dont get sic. but if you do get sic and come back tel us what kind of treatment you get in the best health care in your woyane health care. I doubt you will get the chance to tell us cos you will be dead. and thanks for well thought out information.

  13. Wedi Ere on

    Where is the bastard Bereket Simon. I wis Melese send him back to Eritrea and we deal with him as our own beat shit out of him. For working with the nazi weyane in deporting and killing of his mother land Eritrea ..traitor is traitor no matter in which side he sand.

  14. Anonymous on

    Debretsion Gebre-Mickael is the most dangerous person. He can do anything to get what he wants. He is of course Meles’s yes-man. He currently control the ICT sector, most importantly telecom. He also has yes-men at Telecom to do what he desires. He does not have any respect for non-TPLF ministers. I “like” him a lot.

  15. Ittu Aba Farda on

    Folks!!! We are now faced with a new and improved goon from a joint up north. He is saying this to us all now…”I have won the election by 96.6%, everything is mine all mine. I can bring in anyone I want and show the door to anyone who I think is (will be) an impediment to me. Hey what the heck; I can even bring in my wife to the executive committee so she will be close to me at all time. And I can tell you this..There is nothing you can do about it. Nothing! Nada!! Zilch!!! Goose eggs !!! The State department in mine, Clinton is mine and those congressmen and senators who were hatching up some legislation against me are hanging by a thread and fighting for their political lives. Once they are gone and I will have it all for and by myself. Harakat al-Shabaab is going strong. What better can I ask for? Your brothers Elias and Al GM can do nothing about it. You can’t do squat about it !!!! So-called opposition here and overseas is in disarray. Addis has really started becoming heaven to me now. Yeehaw !!!!!!”. This will be a good writing material for the next song by Solomon Tekalign – once before Brother Elias appropriately called him Hodamu Solomon Tekalign. All my countrymen!!! Emperor Bokassa has come home to roost !!!

  16. Halafi Mengedi on

    In my view and opinion, Tigray is at war with Eritrea right now and our executive committees most of them are related to Eritrea either by blood or marriage and they are not qualified to make life and death decisions for the state of Tigray and Tigrayans now and in the future until Eritrea is part of Ethiopia. If Eritrea was part of Ethiopia, I would not have any problem any one from Eritrea ethnics or mixed can be the MP of Ethiopia. There is no any other counties who are at war and their forces are confronted each other for years and one of the country top decision maker is from the other side of the enemy country. We Tigrayans are very weird and do not understand the consequences the decisions are being made by those people to our future. I am not saying to spread hate but to make sure Tigray is in the hand of good Tegaru in peace and war to make decision to our future survivals. Tigray state should call another conference and elect true Tegaru like Arkebe Equbay, Abay Tsehaye and others not Meles, Tsegay, Azeb, Tewedrose Hagos, Tewedros Adhanom, and a lot of from the CC members like Berhane Gebre kirstos and Tsegay wife. Wake up Tigray and defend your true interest for he future of Tigray, do not be QEDAD LOQOTA TIGRAY. Lets all of us be smart and learn from the previous mistakes we made and ended up split our beloved organization.

  17. 21# Halafi Mengedi,

    You know that we are living in a world of all possibilities. It might be so that Eritrea might or might not be part of Ethiopia in the future by the power of the sword or the power of the olive branch in as much it might also be possible that Ethiopia itself might be part of Eritrea by the power of the sword or the power of the olive branches. “Ye qooxxuun awurd bilaa ye bibbitwaan xaalech” Abbabaal indaihon.

    Remember that Meles is listening what you are saying. :)

  18. Sharki on

    Although I am one of the citizens who have been encouraged by the socio-economic progresses at home, and have hoped for leadership changes at the CC and executive committee, I have no words to express my disappointment on the family feud recurring even today in the TPLF. What is wrong with the TPLF leadership? I have utterly lost faith on the truthfulness of Meles’s promise to make leadership changes.

    People who have been on his side during political turmoil are crawling to the executive committee. They have been in power in the Region as long as Meles in Addis. Where are the new generations of leadership we have been promised before election? Is it election rhetoric like the west? I deeply appreciate the courage the other organizations have done some major changes even though the gender inclusion was barely scant. The mutual relationship in the TPLF leadership will remain a bottleneck to make a major replacement with a bright posterity because of the fear factor that the absence of their arm twisting power in their interest may have a sequel in the future.

    Dear Prime Minister, here we go again back to square one. This is a well intentioned “election” predetermined behind the curtain to keep the same leadership for many years to come. If there is any more promise to come, please don’t fool me more. This was one of the greatest opportunities for you to show to the Tigray /Ethiopian people you adhere to your promise and deliver accordingly. Who is the new leadership in the executive? Who could I eye of the list to be a potential prime minister? Are we not supposed to carry hopefulness? You are getting ready to “retire” and your colleagues are warming up to assume leadership?

    Diversifying the leadership in TPLF and Tigray region has remained impossible because there is no good will from the top leadership. Same people or people related to them either in blood, Wereda, or housekeeping are again in the party leadership. Don’t we have a youth that need to join the leadership now so they can be potential prime ministers in the future? Why keep people uniform in ideology for many years? Why fear people who can challenge the status quo?

    After a major disappointment with TPLF during the split, I was encouraged with the changes at home and the promise for leadership change was a long awaited event. Yet, it ended to disappointment big time again.

    Don’t tell us a leadership change! It is status quo! Fool me not again please.

    Perplexed Ethiopian Tigrayan!

    Last Updated on Saturday, 11 September 2010 12:47

  19. tezibt on

    Meles should quit chewing chat. This is all the result of “Merkana”. I am worried that Samora may put a bullet in his brain and distabilize the county. Pray that Meles is safe until the “am falling I can’t get up” opposition gets its acts together.

  20. Melbournian on

    I can see deep mistrust, division and paranoia between TPLF high rankinig officials the selection of new leaders shows me PM Melesse is cornered and isolated himself from the party (TPLF) instead of reinforcing his grip in power.

    I am not a futurologist but I can see probable coup de tat in near future in ethiopia.

  21. Kiros on

    Hi Elias,

    Can you put faces(pictures) with the names. You have no idea how must it will help the people in addis to recognize a hodam on the street!!

    Kiros

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