A Brife History of PP

The Prosperity Party (Amharicብልጽግና ፓርቲOromoPaartii BadhaadhiinaaPB) is a political party in Ethiopia established on December 1, 2019 as a successor to the Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) by incumbent Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed. The merger into a country wide party is part of Ahmed’s general policy of distancing the country’s politics from ethnic federalism, and it will thus run for the first time in the 2020 general election.

Composition

The Prosperity Party was formed through the merging of three former EPRDF member parties, the Amhara Democratic Party (ADP), the Oromo Democratic Party (ODP) and the Southern Ethiopian People’s Democratic Movement (SEPDM). The Afar National Democratic Party (ANDP), the Benishangul-Gumuz People’s Democratic Unity Front (BGPDUF), the Ethiopian Somali People’s Democratic Party (ESPDP), the Gambela People’s Democratic Movement (GPDM) and the Hareri National League (HNL) were also included in the merger.

The Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), the dominant party in the former EPRDF for 27 years and the only one not to join the new party, were critical of it upon its formation.

Program

The program and by-laws of the party were first approved by the executive committee of the EPRDF. Abiy tweeted:The unanimous decision passed today to merge the Party is a crucial step in harnessing our energy to work toward a shared vision. Prosperity Party is committed to strengthening & applying a true Federal system which recognizes the diversity and contributions of all Ethiopians.