Ethiopia security authorities rescind move to deport Sudan’s opposition leader

Gibril Ibrahim _ Sudan Opposition leader _ Ethiopia
Gibril Ibrahim speaking to Journalists in Ethiopia in 2016. Photo credit : Sudan Tribune

borkena
July 22, 2019

BBC Amharic reported on Monday that Spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia, Nebiyat Getachew, was contacted to remark about it but he reportedly said that he does not know anything about the incident.

However, the news source confirmed from participants of the ongoing negotiation in Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa that leader of Sudan’s Justice and Equality rebel group, Gibril Ibrahim, was isolated from among his colleagues from the scenes of the negotiation and taken to Bole International AirPort, apparently for deport. 

The move to deport one of Sudan’s opposition group leaders happened on Sunday.

The African Union mediators intervened to convince Ethiopian authorities not to deport leaders of the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) and had to explain about the negative impact the deportation could have in the negotiation process.

The Sudanese news source reported that the Chairperson of African Union, Moussa Faki, himself personally intervened. 

Based on a report by Sudanese News source, Sudan Tribune, opposition groups protested the move to the African Union:  

“Infuriated by the decision, the opposition groups stopped their meetings and protested the move to the African Union and the Ethiopian government, as many said they should go elsewhere to pursue their meetings and others went to the airport to show their solidarity with the deportees.” 

Ethiopian Security Forces reportedly mentioned that the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) is “unwelcome persons in Ethiopia,” when they took him out of the hotel (unspecified) where the negotiation was taking place but it unclear as to why and on what grounds the leader was unwelcome to Ethiopia. 

Ethiopia managed to broker a deal between Sudan’s Transitional Military Council (TMC) and the opposition – Forces of Freedom and Change (FFC) sometime last week.



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