Amhara National Democratic Movement

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The Amhara National Democratic Movement (ANDM) is a political party in Ethiopia. At the last legislative elections, 15 May 2005, the party was part of the Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Democratic Front, which won 327 out of 527 seats.[1] The party chairman is Addisu Legesse, and the Deputy Chairman is Tefera Walwa.[2]

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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).[3] 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).[3] 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.[3] In the May 2010 Regional State Council elections, the ANDM won all 294 seats in the Amhara Region.[4]

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