Oromo Federalist Congress (OFC) and Oromo Liberation Front (OLF) leaders have agreed to work together on “Oromo and Oromia” issues.
The two parties officially announced the formation of their political alliance in a joint press conference they organized today, according to a report by Fana Broadcasting Corporation.
The move to work together is a response to the demand from the public, party officials are cited as saying.
Ensuring genuine federal form of government, the rule of law and the right to self-determination are some of the political ideals identified for which OLF and OFC will work together.
Oromo Liberation Front (OLF) has been working for well over forty years for the secession of the Oromo region from the rest of Ethiopia. It pursued armed struggle in the past. It was only in August that the party declared an end of hostility to the government of Ethiopia and an end to armed struggle from where it was operating – Eritrea. Spokesmen of the party and some party officials have already returned to Ethiopia. The Chairman of the party, Ibsa Dawud who is said to be commanding 1300 rebel army, is expected to arrive in Ethiopia on September 15.
Oromo Federalist Congress, on the contrary, mobilized ethnic Oromo for an ethnic-based federal form of government. The party entirely pursued a peaceful form of struggle and has a considerable support base in the ethnic Oromo region of Ethiopia.
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