Abugida Ethiopian American Information Center » Letter from Ethiopia:Election 2010 overview Part II – Eskinder Nega (Addis Ababa)

Ask me what the distinctive trait of the opposition is in this year’s election apart from the provocative imprisonment of Birtukan Mideksa, and my response would not be amidst the proverbial list: weak organization, lack of preparedness, appallingly low finance (pundits estimate that only slightly over half a million US dollars is available to the entire opposition this election season, excluding the miserly electoral board finance) and an assortment of other secondary factors. We know from the 2005 elections that these are handicaps that could be overcome in the space of a few short months. But that did not happen by chance, it took the combination of a public predisposed to change; the excitement generated by CUD’s leaders, primarily by Birhanu Nega and Lidetu Ayalew, both of whom are for very different reasons no longer part of the opposition contesting in this election; and what is distinctively missing this year: the will to win.

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