As ethnic politics is tearing Ethiopia apart,Ethiopian Citizens for Social Justice Party announced its establishment and named its leaders.
Seven opposition parties in Ethiopia had merged to form a new party Ethiopian Citizens for Social Justice Party which was unveiled during the founding meeting on May 9,2019.
Opposition parties that joined hands to form the new party are Patriotic Genbot 7, Ethiopian Democratic Party (EDP), All Ethiopian Democratic Party (AEDP), Semayawi Party, New Generation Party (NGP), Gambella Regional Movement (GRM), and Unity for Democracy and Justice (UDJ).
It means that these parties, and they are all national parties except Gambella Regional Movement which is in a way ethnic and regional as implied in the name, will no longer have their own separate existence.
The founding congress was attended by representative of the ruling coalition and foreign dignitaries as well. Anders Osterberg, Swedish Social Democratic Party representative, is quoted by Ethiopian News Agency as saying “this combination is a brave huge step towards democracy in Ethiopia.”
Representatives from 300 districts across the country have participated in the founding conference and about 1200 voting members took part in electing leaders of the party.
On May 10, the founding congress elected Dr. Berhanu Nega as leader of the party. He won 912 votes. Andualem Arage is elected as deputy leader. As well, Yeshiwas Assefa and Chane Kebede are named as chairperson and deputy chairperson of the party respectively.
The party’s priority, as stated by the leader Berhanu Nega who was also leader of Patriotic Genbot 7, is stability and democratization of the country. He, however, did make it clear that building democracy in the country is the responsibility of all Ethiopians. “We are always ready to contribute our part towards maintaining that” he added, as quoted by ENA.
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