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Indigenous Administration and Dispute Resolution System of the “Abo Gereb” and Its Essence of Democracy from the Modern Philosophical Perception
Journal of Political Science and International Relations
Volume 3, Issue 2, June 2020, Pages: 36-43
Received: May 28, 2020; Accepted: Jun. 15, 2020; Published: Jul. 4, 2020
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Bisrat Tesfay, Department of Civics & Ethical Education, Wolaita Sodo Universit
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This paper was targeted to emphasize and promote the traditional political and social perspectives of the abo-gereb. Abo-gereb is an indigenous administrative system and conflict resolution mechanism in Enderta, Wejereat Raya and the low land (Afar). The paper aimed to discuss the central activities and core problems of the abo-gereb, the role of the paper was to scrutinize the role of the traditional democratic system of, “Abo-gereb” to the current politics of Tigray and Ethiopia and attempts to identify the factors that weakens the indigenous traditional democratic system of the Enderta province “Abo-gereb” and put direction about its revival. In the end, the paper emphasizes the entity of the traditional administration of Abo-gereb and its articulation with the modern political thought of Hobbes and Locke. This paper also investigates the political failure of the administrative system of the Abo gereb; the peasants or Abo gerebs didn’t have scientific program that enable them successful in defeating the colonial and imperial government. Finally, it exemplifies the political system of abo-gereb deserve the entity of traditional democracy and the role of this traditional administrative system to the contemporary democracy of the politics of Tigray, and Ethiopia and it explores several mechanisms to salvage the system of Abo gereb.
Enderta Province, Abo-gereb, Indigenous, Democracy, Conflict Resolution, Administration
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Bisrat Tesfay, Indigenous Administration and Dispute Resolution System of the “Abo Gereb” and Its Essence of Democracy from the Modern Philosophical Perception, Journal of Political Science and International Relations. Vol. 3, No. 2, 2020, pp. 36-43. doi: 10.11648/j.jpsir.20200302.12
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