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Ethiopian Somali People's Democratic Party

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The Somali Democratic Party (ESPDP; Amharic: የሶማሌ ዴሞክራሲዊ ፓርቲ) is a political party in Ethiopia, created by the current ruling Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) after brutally refusing Somali's demands for self-determination in 1993, EPRDF created a surrogate party called the Ethiopian Somali Democratic League which is one of many satellite organisations existing throughout Ethiopia.[1]

Ethiopian Somali People's Democratic Party

የኢትዮጵያ የሶማሌ ሕዝቦች ዴሞክራሲዊ ፓርቲ
LeaderAhmed Shide
Founded1998
Merger ofEthiopian Somali Democratic League
HeadquartersJijiga
IdeologyDemocratic socialism
Political positionCentre-left
Seats in the House of Peoples' Representatives
24 / 547
Website
www.spdp.org.et

The organisation is currently led by Ahmed Shide.[2][3] and Mohamed Rashid Isak.

HistoryEdit

Like the ESDL before it, the Somali People's Democratic Party is considered by many inhabitants of the Somali Region to be an "EPRDF puppet", who accuse its members "of brutal repression and systematic massacres in ensuring the region stays under firm control".[4]

The party observed the eleventh anniversary of its founding in Filtu, where numerous improvements to the infrastructure of the Liben Zone were announced.[5]

NotesEdit

  1. ^ "Ethnic Federalism and the Somali Region under the EPRDF" in Ethiopia: Army Commits Executions, Torture, and Rape in Ogaden, published 11 June 2008 Human Rights Watch (last accessed 10 December 2008)
  2. ^ https://www.ethiopiaobserver.com/2018/08/12/ahmed-shide-named-chairman-of-the-somali-region-ruling-party/
  3. ^ Dirir Mohamoud (Ethiopia) Archived 28 April 2009 at the Wayback Machine AfDevInfo website (accessed 14 May 2009)
  4. ^ "Ethnic Federalism and the Somali Region under the EPRDF" in Ethiopia: Army Commits Executions, Torture, and Rape in Ogaden, published 11 June 2008 Human Rights Watch (last accessed 10 December 2008)
  5. ^ "11th founding anniversary of Somali People Democratic Party celebrated"[permanent dead link], Ethiopian News Agency 4 July 2009 (accessed 1 November 2009)