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Major Ethiopian political parties reportedly declined meeting with PM Abiy 

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Toronto – Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed is reportedly meeting with opposition parties, this coming Monday,  for “discussion.” 

According to a Wazema Radio report, he will be meeting with both regional and national parties. 

Regional parties are ethnic-based political parties as they operate in regional states – which are also instituted on the basis of ethnicity – a system that is believed to aggravated ethnic violence in the country. 

However, nine members of the opposition political parties caucuses  – national and ethnic parties –  including Oromo Federalist Congress (OFC) and Ogaden National Liberation Front ONLF) have reportedly declined to attend it. 

National parties will have six and regional parties three representatives for the “discussion” with the Prime Minister – Wazema reported citing its sources. Those who attend it are said to have a training session on Tuesday. However, What Abiy Ahmed’s government wants to train opposition parties is unclear at this point. 

Abiy Ahmed has been having “discussions” with different groups for several weeks now. In what appears to be utter disregard to government processes and procedures, there were instances where he was seen giving directions on stage to government officials. 

His government has been facing a legitimacy crisis for several years now due to the failure of his government to maintain peace and security in the country. He has also been criticized over egregious human rights violations in connection with the military operations he is undertaking in the Amhara region of Ethiopia.  

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2 COMMENTS

  1. This is a good sign and should always be commended and encouraged. Talk, talk, talk and talk. Do not get tired of it. Those who took to the bushes should burn down their hideouts and come out to play at the round table searching for peace. Peace always has rewarding dividends. All it needs is the will for peaceful solutions. Insha’Allah!!!

  2. The above comment is for those participated in the dialogue. Apparently for some ulterior motive, the one reported was about those who declined the invitation. It is a shame we do things in such unprofessional way.

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