Amhara Democratic Party, Oromo Democratic party congress approved merger

All parties who have been members of the ruling coalition, EPRDF, or support parties, as they are called, have approved merger with soon to be Ethiopia’s new political party – Prosperity Party. Oromo Democratic Party and Amhara Democratic Party have officially disclosed decision. TPLF still working on Party Congress to decide on that.

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November 27, 2019

Two of Ethiopia’s largest parties in the ruling coalition, Amhara Democratic Party (ADP) and Oromo Democratic Party (ODP) announced on Wednesday that urgent party congress unanimously approved merger with Prosperity Party (PP) which is to be officially formed in the weeks to come. 

The 12th urgent congress of Amhara Democratic Party (ADP) was held in Bahir Dar, the region’s capital.  According to a report by DW Amharic, ADP has 1200 congress members and 960 have attended Wednesday’s meeting.

The party said that the new merged party ( Prosperity Party), will have importance to ensure that politics on the basis of hate and deranged narrative, apparently regarding Ethiopia’s history and ethnic Amhara people, does not have institutional base, as reported by state affiliated Fana Broadcasting Corporate (FBC). 

The party also said that it will work focusing on conditions relevant to protect Amhara People long lasting benefits. 

Similarly, Oromo Democratic Party (ODP) members have unanimously approved the merger in an emergency party meeting held on Wednesday.

The meeting has been underway since Tuesday in  Adama (Nazret). The party’s political organization head, Kassahun Gofee, is cited as saying that  the party congress discussed the results of the study conducted on the merits of a single united party.

The party says seeks to continue to struggle for what it calls ‘Oromo freedom and right’ , ‘equality of nations and nationalities’, while ensuring the unity of Ethiopia. 

Several other parties working with the ruling coalition have conducted their respective party congress to decide on the merger issue and have mostly decided to join the new party. It means that all these parties will give up their ethnic based party existence. 

TPLF, on the other hand, has criticized it as a move to “form a new party in the name of merger.” The executive committee and the central committee of the party has unanimously rejected the merger, and it is up to the party congress now to decide if TPLF will join the new merged party or not – which remains to be seen in the next couple of days. 

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