Amhara Democratic Party

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Amhara Democratic Party

አማራ ዴሞክራሲያዊ ፓርቲ
ChairmanDemeke Mekonnen
Deputy ChairmanGedu Andargachew
HeadquartersBahir Dar, Ethiopia
National affiliationEthiopian People's Revolutionary Democratic Front
Seats in the House of Peoples' Representatives
138 / 547
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The Amhara Democratic Party (ADP) (Amharic: አማራ ዴሞክራሲያዊ ፓርቲ), formerly known as Amhara National Democratic Movement (ANDM), is a political party in Ethiopia. The party is one of four members of the ruling Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Democratic Front in Ethiopia. The party chairman is Demeke Mekonnen, who replaced Addisu Legesse in 2010.[1]


The Ethiopian People's Democratic Movement (EPDM), the precursor of ANDM, was founded by former members of the Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Party (EPRP) and supported by the Tigrayan People's Liberation Front (TPLF).[2] It was originally based in Waghimra in Wollo Province, and waged an armed struggle against the Derg in that area starting in 1982. EPDM convened its first organizational conference in Jerba Yohannes, Waghimra, in November 1983. In 1989 EPDM and its long-time ally TPLF united to form the Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPDRF).[2] At its third organizational conference in 1994, the EPDM changed its name to Amhara National Democratic Movement (ANDM), marking its transition from a pan-Ethiopian movement to an ethnic party.[2] In the May 2010 Regional State Council elections, the ANDM won all 294 seats in the Amhara Region.[3]

On its annual conference on 30 September 2018, Amhara National Democratic Movement changed its title to Amhara Democratic Party.[4]


  1. ^ "Who is Demeke Mekonnen?". Capital Ethiopia. 24 December 2012. Retrieved 4 April 2018.
  2. ^ a b c Vaughan, Sarah. "Ethnicity and Power in Ethiopia" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on August 13, 2011.
  3. ^ African Elections Database
  4. ^ "Amhara Democratic Party is the new name for ANDM".