On a farewell gathering organized for Gedu Andargachew, who officially resigned today as president of Amhara region, Demeke Mekonnen (Deputy Prime Minister and chairman of Amhara Democratic Party) spoke out on the issue of Addis Abeba.
“Addis Ababa is our common capital. To struggle against discrimination and radical-ethno chauvinism is the responsibility of all of us.” He told the crowd, including prime minister Abiy Ahmed, who attended the event at Avanti Blue Nile Resort hotel in Bahir Dar, capital of Amhara Regional State.
Erstwhile it was radical Oromo ethno nationalists who try to make Addis Ababa a controversial issue.
Yesterday, Oromo Democratic Party (ODP), a party which is was believed to be moderate one and a party that joined handed with progressive forces within the ruling coalition, EPRDF, to bring about democratic change about a year ago that ushered in new administration under prime minister Abiy Ahmed, issued an inflammatory statement opposing the transfer of condominium units in Koye Feche, in the outskirts of Addis Ababa, and also vowing to ensure ethnic Oromo ownership of Addis Ababa.
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