Tigray.net’s Person of the year 2014
Gebru Asrat – Tigray.net’s Person of the Year 2014
Every year Tigray.net recognize distinguished honor individuals who serve and inspire the people of Ethiopia, and to care about principles and causes beyond self-interest. Tigay.net is proud to present Ato Gebru Asrat as Tigray.net’s person of the Year 2014.
Ato Gebru Asrat – Profile
Gebru Asrat is a former president of Tigray Region (1991–2001) and one of the top leaders and executive central committee member as well as politburo member of the Tigrayan People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), and the Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front.
Gebru was born in Mekelle, a city in Enderta county, part of Tigray province of Ethiopia and attended Atse Yohannes High School and Haile Selassie University at the height of the Ethiopian student movement of the early 1970s. After the TPLF defeated the Derg in the Ethiopian Civil War, Gebru became governor of Tigray.
Ethio-Eritrea War: – When Ethiopia refused to demarcate a desputed border( despite the ruling by the international court in Hague)http://www.pca-cpa.org/showpage.asp?pag_id=1150 a costly war which led to the death of tens of thousands of people on both sides. By the end of the devastating war, the Ethiopian army recovered the town of Badme and drove back Eritrean forces until they controlled around one-third of Eritrean territory, including Barentu region.
However, Meles Zenawi signed a controversial UN peace treaty that was seen to have favored Eritrea. This decision angered many Ethiopians and caused an internal division inside the Ethiopian ruling party. The faction critical of Meles, led by Defense Minister Siye Abraha, and Gebru Asrat, the then influential governor of Tigray disagreed with those aligned with Meles over “key issues of ideology”, accused their supporters of corruption and Meles of failing to act quickly or decisively enough over the crisis with Eritrea. “Meles was certainly seen as a reluctant warrior,” according to a source quoted by IRIN. The party was divided into two groups. One group, which included Gebru, Tewolde Wolde Mariam, Aregash, and Siye Abraha, believed that the leadership was bent on serving foreign “imperialist” interests. The other group which included Meles Zenawi argued that the TPLF was sinking into decadence, involving itself in Bonapartism.