Historical Background

The Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) is the ruling political coalition in Ethiopia.

It is an alliance of  the Oromo Peoples' Democratic Organization (OPDO), the Amhara National Democratic Movement (ANDM), the South Ethiopian Peoples' Democratic Front (SEPDM) and the Tigrayan Peoples' Liberation Front (TPLF).


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  • Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF–established in 1975) (founder)
  • Ethiopian Peoples Democratic Movement (EPDM--established in 1982 and currently known as the Amhara National Democratic Movement (ANDM) (founder)
  • Oromo People's Democratic Organization (OPDO-- established in 1990)
  • Southern Ethiopia Peoples Democratic Movement (SEPDM). Previously known as Southern Ethiopia Peoples Democratic Front (SEPDF – established in 1992)

Congresses and Venues

  • EPRDF held seven congresses




  • EPRDF is a front established by revolutionary democratic parties. Individuals can become members of the EPRDF only through national organizations. The structure of the front constitutes all members and each member of the front has an equal status. All position is filled through democratic elections and the front is guided by democratic centralism. The EPRDF has subsequently a Congress, a Council, an Executive Committee, and a Secretariat.


  • The highest body of the front is the Congress. The Congress meets every two years. The term of the Congress cannot exceed two and half years, unless the Executive Committee decides to postpone it by six more months, due to unforeseen circumstances.

  • Delegates to the Congress are represented equally from each member party. The congress would normally have about 1,000 participants.


  • The next body in the rank of EPRDF is the Council. It comprises the Central Committee Members of all the parties. Here too equal representation of member parties is the rule.

  • The council deliberates on the plans and reports of the Front every six months. It normally consists of 180 members.

Executive Committee

  • The Executive Committee is a body that consists of equal number of Executive Committee members delegated by each member party. It is the highest decision-making body in the day-to-day activities of the Front.

  • Ordinary meeting of the Executive Committee is held every three months. The Executive Committee has 36 members.


  • This body executes the day to day political, organizational and administrative works of the Front. Its headquarters is in Addis Ababa. Chief of the Secretariat is appointed by the Executive Committee along with heads of the public relations and organizational sectors of the Front.

Audit and Control Commission

  • This is a body formed by delegates of the audit and control commissions of each member party during the congress. It is responsible for the proper implementation of the rules and procedures endorsed by the congress. It also investigates complaints presented by member parties. Controlling the financial transaction of the Front is also the duty of the commission. It is accountable to the congress.

  • The commission consists of eight members,


  • The above stated national parties had around four million members by August 2006, out of which some 3.5 million were rural farmers.

The first congress was held in January 1991 at Kola
Tembien, Tigray Regional State

The second in December 1995 at Awassa, Southern Nations Nationalities and Peoples Regional State (SNNPR)

The third in December 1998 at Jimma, Oromia Regional State

The fourth in August 2001 in Addis Ababa

The fifth in September 2004 at Bahirdar, Amhara Regional State

The sixth in September 2006 at Mekelle, Tigray Regional State

The seventh congress was held on September, 2008 at Hawassa, SNNPR State    
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The Chairperson and Vice chairperson are elected from the Executive Committee members. The current Chairperson of the Front is Ato Meles Zenawi from TPLF and   the Vice Chairperson, Ato Addisu Legesse from ANDM.
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  • AEUP introduces its candidates in Dessie town  More
  • Woreda executes dev’t works worth over 20 mln birr More

  • Ethiopian People Revolutionary Democratic Front Support Forum Condemns bombing in Tigray ...MORE
  • EPRDF (ANDM) candidates for the Federal House of Representatives from the Amara Regional State. For more information click here

  • An interview with Ato Redwan Hussen, Head of the Addis Ababa EPRDF Office and Executive Committee Member of EPRDF, on the activities underway in the city. Click here

  • The Ethiopian Peoples’ Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) has introduced its nominees for the federal parliament in woreda 2/14 and 1/9 constituencies to the public.
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  • PM Meles lauds OPDO/ EPRDF for its significant contribution in building Unit
            March 28, 2010
  • EPRDF’s council evaluates 6th month performance report of Front, gov’t March 20, 2010
  • PM Meles gave a press conference to journalistsAddis Ababa, March 18, 2010
  • EPRDF Council’s Regular Session Will Begin Tomorrow, (AddisAbaba) March18, 2010
  • ANDM offeres training to over 67,000 party members, youth, women's leagues  Gondar, March 16, 2010 (Gondar)
  • Zone registers 289 nominees Debretabor, March 16, 2010 (Debretabor)
  • Political parties debate on Good Governance, Human Rights, Supremacy of Law
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  • Implementation of Election Code of Conduct in good condition: Joint Political Parties Council
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  • Party training senior members
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All articles appearing in this column are the sole opinion of the writer and may not reflect the views of EPRDF North America

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Addis Ababa, August 11, 2010 (Addis Ababa) - Prime Minister Meles Zenawi said though the five years national development and transformation plan seems more ambitious it is achievable as it incorporates positive achievements and lessons learned over the past five years. In a press conference he gave for foreign media here on Wednesday the premier said it is possible for Ethiopia to double its economic growth and is predictive. The draft plan is named as national development and transformation because "we can’t have one without the other," he said.
Asked about social and political transformations, he said the plan is comprehensive and includes social and political transformations as the government has been undertaking social and political transformations. PM Meles said government has been striving more actively to meet MDGs in the social sector exerting efforts to build national consensus, democracy and development as well as realizing the renaissance of the country. PM Meles said the plan largely designed to address and respond to issues related to youth and the women in an aggressive manner.
Asked about multiparty party system in the country following the landslide victory of EPRDF in the federal parliament he said it is not and will not be single party system rather it is a dominant party system as it has been the case in Japan and Botswana.
He said the 2010 election paved the way for stable democracy by marginalizing anti democratic forces by democratic means. The premier said government will engaged opposition parties which want to struggle peaceful manner and the government will facilitate means to further enhance their engagement through Joint forum for political parties. Asked about the EPRDF leaders’ succession Plan Meles said the front executive committee had deliberated on how better implement the plan and well organize the coming party congress.The premier said government will fight grain price collapse to not let it happened. “We will do everything it takes to stop grain prices from going down below a certain minimum benchmark” he said. Commenting deadly attack in Uganda by alshabab Meles said government is always vigilant to prevent outrage in Ethiopia. Concerning recent the deliberation of IGAD, AU, Canada and Sana'a forums are the interest of Ethiopia as they were focused on peace and stability as well as economic cooperation and integration in the region.
Ethiopia’s participation in Canada as an invitee representing African and NEPAD was worthwhile, he said. The premier said peace signing accord with United Western Somali Liberation Front (UWSLF) is helpful to further enhance peace and security Situation in Somali Regional State in which he said is progressive. He said government will hope to sign similar agreement with the most important faction within the OLNF. The prospects for peace in the region are expertly good. PM Meles said the people of Somalis fighting for their development and huge development activities are underway in the state. Concerning instruments of controlling inflation, the premier said government will continue taking physical and monetary policy measures to crush down the inflation at manageable level. The premiere gave reflections on issues including tax, ethio-US relation, River Nile, climate change, Ethiopian missions abroad, Eritrea, Somalia, EU- EOM and others
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The Executive Committee of the Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) concluded its regular session. Passing different decisions. The front had evaluated in detail the activities it undertook in the last five years in areas of politics, organization, capacity building and other leadership.
The renaissance policy and strategy the front has been pursuing has become fruitful and that it has enabled it to transform the country to better situation. The Executive Committee had confirmed that the activities the front has carried out especially since the last five years to accelerate the countrys development and ensure good governance were fruitful. It also noted that the plan designed to register significant development achievements is appropriate. It was confirmed that the front has also been able to motivate the public at large toward the development of the country and building democracy in the country. It also stressed the need that EPRDF and its allied parties to further strengthen the culture of addressing problems on time. The Executive Committee called on all members of the front to further enhance best practices gained in the course of the front?s activities.
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