Ethiopia elects a controversial Patriarch of Orthodox Church again

Abune Matthias, archevque de l'Žglise orthodoxe Žthiopienne de JŽrusalem.February 28, 2013, ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AFP) – The Ethiopian Orthodox Church has elected a new patriarch to replace the previous head who died in August, officials said Thursday.

“Abune Matthias… arch-bishop ofJerusalem (for the Ethiopian church) was elected with a majority,” said Daniel Sefermikael, a church official.

He said Matthias got about 500 out of 806 votes cast by members of the church living in Ethiopia and elsewhere.

Matthias, 71, has lived abroad for over 30 years, initially fleeing Ethiopia following a military coup by Hailemariam Mengistu in 1974.

He has since travelled throughout Europe and North America, and will now settle in Ethiopia to serve as patriarch.

About 63 percent of Ethiopia’s 83 million people are Christian, with the majority following the Orthodox faith, according to official figures.

Matthias will be sworn in at an official ceremony in Addis Ababa on Sunday, which tens of thousands of people are expected to attend.

The office of the patriarch has been vacant since August after Abune Paulos died of an undisclosed illness. He had served as head of the Orthodox Church in Ethiopia since 1992.

Ethiopian patriarchs are referred to as Abune, which means “our father” in Ethiopia’s local language.

Ethiopia is home to some of Africa‘s oldest Orthodox churches, including a cluster of 11 ancient rock-hewn churches in Lalibela which are designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

 

Oromo: End Of Division Within OLF (UNPO)

OLF officials discussed the settled controversy between the two OLF units in a successful town hall meeting held in Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas

Below is an article published by Gadaa

Prof. Mekuria Bulcha and Mr. Odaa Xasee, the representatives of the Oromo Liberation Front, conducted a town hall meeting with members, supporters of the Oromo Liberation Front, and the Oromo community at large in the Dallas/Fort Worth metropolitan area on February 16, 2013. The officials discussed issues pertaining to the settled controversies between the two OLF units. They clarified issues, on which both parties agreed to settle the disagreement, that divided the organization for more than a decade.

They said the agreement was indispensable in order to overcome the challenges our struggle was facing and to achieve the objective of the organization. They expressed the importance and needs of a reasonable cooperation, and sacrifices that all of us must make to meet our people’s noble goal. They mentioned that they had drawn enough lessons from the past mistakes/experiences that resulted in weaknesses that they would never repeat them in the future.

Moreover, they briefed the Oromo community about the current state of Oromo struggle, the condition that the Oromo people are in, and the solutions. Both officials of SHG-ABO and QC-ABO expressed their gratitude for those who arranged the meeting to that effect, and forwarded the points upon which they reached agreement in the following ways:

1. Both SHG-ABO and QC-ABO agreed to end the disagreement that existed between the two parties by agreeing to replace the contentious matter aside, form unity, and find a solution in unison.
2. They fully recognized that the disagreements in the past benefited only the enemies of the Oromo people, while they negatively impacted the interests of the Oromo struggle.

3. They reaffirmed unequivocally that the aim of the Oromo people’s struggle is the freedom of the Oromo People and the establishment of the Independent Democratic Republic of Oromia. To realize this righteous program, they are determined to mobilize all who stand for this cause and reunite their resources together.

4. The means of attaining this objective would be through coordinating political, diplomatic, mass disobedience/defiance under a unified and well organized armed struggle, without which the realization of the true independence would be fruitless and unreachable.

Finally, they made an honorable and urgent call to all friends, members, and supporters of the Oromo people’s effort to end a century-old brutal oppression, exploitation and cruelty exerted by the successive minority Ethiopian government.

At the end, the participants watched a video of the Oromo Liberation Army’s New Year’s (2013) celebration. The participants expressed their acceptance and happiness to hear from their compatriots about the reconciliation between the two OLF groups. The participants promised to make more positive contribution toward peaceful resolution of disagreements should they occur in the future, while strengthening the struggle for which many of them have already paid different degrees of sacrifices.

Victory to the Oromo People!

Oromia Shall Be Free!

Oromo students expelled from AAU

February 25, 2013 (The Gulele Post) ) –Nearly two months after the latest ethnic clash among Oromo and Tigre students in AAU 4 kilo campus, as expected  the university administration has expelled Oromo students selectively. Our sources in Finfinne have reported that only the Oromo students are the victims of this latest suspension/expulsion while the Tigre students, including the one that ignited the conflict by writing offensive language targeting the Oromo, have been reinstated  back on to their education.  It is to be recalled that in 2004  this same university ruined the lives of 350 Oromo students by expelling them.Below is the list of those students  expelled or suspended from the university.

Name Department &  year Zone
Abebe Tuji 

Addis Gudeta

Tadele Tareke

Gari Tolina

Isayas Itana

Ararsa Waqtola

Fikadu Worku

Kejela

Gemechu

Solomon

Biology 2 

Math 4

Geology 3

Geology 2

Geology 1

Geology 4

Chemistry 3

Biology 1

Computer 4

Art 3

SW Showa 

Borana

Wollega

Wollega

Wollega

Wollega

W Showa

Wollega

Head of OPDO in 4kil0

Wollega,  student council in 4kilo

 

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