“Tragicomedy, dramatic work incorporating both tragic and comic elements. When coined by the Roman dramatist Plautus in the 2nd century bc, the word denoted a play in which gods and men, masters and slaves reverse the roles traditionally assigned to them, gods and heroes acting in comic burlesque and slaves adopting tragic dignity. This startling innovation may be seen in Plautus’ Amphitryon” (The Editors of Encyclopaedia Britannica – ‘Tragicomedy’ 25.08.2014, Encyclopædia Britannica).
I don’t know about you… but at this point. Who believes the words coming out of Prime Minister Ahmed Ali Abiy? Well, I don’t and I think his full of himself. His ego has hit the stratosphere and is a long lost individual. Who is high on his own supply. That he himself believes in every word that he says.
We are now in the end of 2020. It has been a long time coming for the “transitional government” and now on the “unconstitutional” 6th Year in Office. Which will be ended by an election through universal suffrage. The August Elections in 2020 was postponed because of COVID-19, but the same Prime Minister had no issues ordering a internal war and a conflict. However, it was to bad conditions to actually hold elections in the same period.
So, the man has no scruples, which I will detail more under the quote from ENA saying his will deliver “free and fair elections”. I beg to differ…
“Prime Minister Abiy restated that the efforts of the Federal Government to make the 2021 elections free and fair. “I shared the federal government’s unwavering efforts to lay the foundation for free & fair elections,” he said. The highly anticipated and historic election, which will be held following the reforms of critical democratic institutions in Ethiopia over the past two and half years, is noted as the most consequential election in its demonstration of Ethiopia’s democratization journey initiated in 2018, it was indicated” (Ethiopian News Agency – ‘PM Abiy Vows to Lay Foundation for Free, Fair Elections’ 02.12.2020).
This must be a joke. It must be a sarcastic and punchline from the comedian on stage. The Prime Minister couldn’t say this with all of his heart and conscience in order. Because, that doesn’t make sense. Especially not in December 2020. No, a free and fair election will not be held by the Prosperity Party or the Federal Government under Prime Minister Abiy.
It is tragic… a tragedy. Sincere apologizes, but the ones believing this is naive. Journalists writing stories opposing or in direct conflict with the messages from the state gets arrested too. Exiled Ethiopians who are speaking their minds to international media get arrest warrants. Former government party and part of the previous coalition EPRDF, the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) is deemed terrorists and outlawed. While other opposition leaders, activists and others either end behind bars or gets killed. This is the leadership of the Oromo opposition parties and others too.
Prime Minister Abiy isn’t a man of democracy or democratic value. No, his a man of a selective taste. A taste, which is bitter-sweet. It is only the his voice and his orders that matters. The rest are supposed to bend their knees for the emperor and pledge allegiance to him. If you don’t… well, don’t say I didn’t warn you, but you will be punished. There are so many examples. It is so many people who has died since the man took over and consolidated power. This man will use all means and make “fake” coups to install his men in power in the regional states. That is the sort of fella and ruler Abiy is.
With the knowledge of this… do you expect the man to give the Federal Republic, a free and fair elections?
Who are we kidding here? What sort of sick joke is this?
The man who has arrested the opposition and letting them rot in jail. That man will deliver free and fair elections. That is a sketch and a bad SNL skit. Heck, a tragicomedy … and Abiy plays the main role. That is how things seems these days. He could trick the world at one point, but can he fool it again?
It shouldn’t be possible. However, the world wants to be fooled and maybe Abiy is the dishonest “hero” the world needs. Peace.