Ethiopians who represent the ideologies of the ruling Tigray People’s Liberation Front and the year-old Arena Tigray for Sovereignty and Democracy parties clashed in a heated radio debate on the Tigrigna service’s Crossfire show on Monday.
of the ruling TPLF and Berhanu Berhe, a leader of Arena Tigray for Sovereignty
and Democracy, argued politics and purposes in a program moderated by Betre
Siltan. Abraham says Arena is an agent of Kinijit, the 2005 coalition of
political opposition to the EPRDF.
Berhanu says the TPLF tries to dominate Ethiopia’s political discussion.
“Arena Tigray is not an alternative party for the simple reason that all its programs are included in the EPRDF's policies," said Abraham. He called Arena-Tigray the mouth piece of Kinijit, the opposition coalition that was created during the 2005 Ethiopian election. Abraham believes that Arena-Tigray's foreign policy, especially its appeal for access to the sea is dangerous and will have a damaging effect to strained relation of the people of Ethiopia and Eritrea.
Berhanu defended the position of the Ethiopia’s alternative party and its quest for Ethiopian access to Asseb, a port with historical legal ties to the nation. But he said, Ethiopia should pursue Asseb through diplomatic and international arenas. He blamed Tigray’s poverty on the ruling party’s economic policies. He also accused the TPLF of the intimidation and violence against members of Arena-Tigray.