Two Ethiopian Opposition Members Killed After Candidate’s Murder

Two Ethiopian Opposition Members Killed After Candidate’s Murder
By William Davison, Bloomberg
June 22, 2015




(Bloomberg) — Two members of the Ethiopian opposition were killed this week following the beating to death of a parliamentary candidate from the Blue Party on June 15, opposition leaders said.

The late Tadesse Abraha

Tadesse Abraha, an organizer for the Arena party, which is part of the Medrek opposition coalition, was assaulted on June 16 near the town of Humera, according to Gebru Asrat, Arena’s chairman. A Medrek member, Berhanu Erabo, died after an attack on June 18, coalition leader Beyene Petros said by phone from the capital Addis Ababa on Saturday.

Samuel Awoke of Semayawi Party was beaten and stabbed several times

The incidents come a month after a landslide election victory for the ruling Ethiopian Peoples’ Revolutionary Democratic Front coalition, which extended its 20-year rule over Africa’s second-most populous country. Supporters of the government are responsible for the attacks, according to Beyene.“They say without supporting ERPDF you cannot survive in the community and we’ll get you,” he said. “This is a threat that’s now being translated into action.”

Results to date from May 24 polls show the EPRDF and allied parties won all 442 of the seats counted so far in the 547- member federal parliament and 100 percent in regional legislatures. President Barack Obama should raise human-rights concerns with Ethiopian leaders next month when he becomes the first sitting U.S. leader to visit the country, Human Rights Watch said on Friday.

Samuel Awoke, a Blue Party candidate in the Amhara region, died on June 16 after being attacked by two men for opposing the government, according to the party. The motive wasn’t political and the attackers were from a family that Samuel, a lawyer, had unsuccessfully represented in court, State Minister of Communications Shimeles Kemal said June 17.

Ethiopia’s electoral board will announce the final election results on June 22.

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