MEDREK transformed from COALITION to FRONT. Press statement

October 17th, 2011 Print Print Email Email

It has been 50 years since the struggle was started to build a truly democratic system in Ethiopia and to guarantee that the country is firmly founded on the freedom of all of its citizens and on the equality of its peoples, where human and democratic rights are

respected and socio-economic justice prevails. Throughout these years of struggle, innumerable political activists and the people as a whole have paid sacred sacrifices.

The clear lesson that we learn from this honorable struggle is that victory is achieved not through isolated efforts but only through the concerted effort of patriotic Ethiopians and united political parties. Fully aware of this truth, years have passed since the people have been stressing the urgent need for a broad based unity among genuine opposition political parties. Although numerous efforts have been made to respond to this ardent wish of the people, it has not been possible to register a satisfactory result on this font.

It is well known that the following 6 domestic political parties, namely:

1. Arena Tigray for Justice and Democracy (Arena)
2. Ormo Federalist Democratic Movement (OFDN)
3. Oromo People’s Congress (OPC)
4. Social Democratic Party of Ethiopia (SDPE)
5. Southern Ethiopia Peoples Democratic Union (SEPDU) and
6. Unity for Democracy and Justice (UDJ)

had taken ample time to assess the political situation in the country, agreed on a common minimum programme and formed a coalition under the name of “Ethiopian Federal Democratic Unity Forum (FORUM) and are now mobilizing the people in order to enable them to assume their legitimate, sovereign political power.

The fundamental principle in the Minimum Programme upon which the above mention organizations have agreed as their basis for their common struggle are the following.

1.Standing firmly for the unity and sovereignty of Ethiopia where injustice and partisanship practices are eliminated and where unity based on mutual respect is fostered, and, to this end, not supporting cessation.

2.Striving tirelessly to promote equal respect for the individual, the nations, nationalities, peoples and groups.

3.Working actively to build a prosperous Ethiopia in which human and democratic rights are respected and where socio-economic justice prevails. To this end striving to ensure that:

3.1 human rights are fully respected;
3.2 the rule of law is practically realized through an independent and
neutral judicial system;
3.3 democratic rights are respected without any limitation, namely through:
a) ensuring the right to free association and unrestricted movement,
b) respecting the right to free speech and thought,
c) conducting a free and fair election through a neutral and credible electoral body, and
d) striving with commitment for the realization of a multi-party democratic system.

4.Creating an environment where one does not go about trying to change the ideology or political views of the other by force but where the right to pursue one’s political views and ideologies freely is respected and where a civilized political process prevails.

5.Creating an atmosphere of mutual understanding on urgent and basic national issues and striving for its implementation; striving to bring all political forces, including EPRDF, at home and abroad as well as those who have taken up arms to promote their objectives to the camp of peaceful political struggle so that they all could participate in the common goal of nation building; making the discussion all inclusive with various nations/nationalities taking part; and, if MEDREK assumes power through the will of the people, creating a federal democratic unity government that includes other political

6.To agree on peace and reconciliation that are fundamental issues in our country; to struggle to make the politics of our country free from the feeling of hatred and vengeance and bring about national understanding; creating a condition, for the sake of national reconciliation, where people are not criminalized for being members of
particular parties–as long as there is no crime committed on an individual basis–and where their rights are fully and appropriately respected

7.Striving to create a situation where there would be a constitutional system and where the constitution can be improved with the active participation of all political forces as well as of the people, including through a referendum.

Because of its activities based on the above principles, MEDREK has been able to gain the acceptance of the people within a very short time. The fact that it had come out with alternatives that were better than those of EPRDF for solving the problems of our country was shown by the massive support it received from the people during the 2010
election. However that massive support was taken away from it by the dictatorial system of EPRDF. As a result, member organizations have been making relentless efforts to prevent a similar abuse from occurring in the future by strengthening the organizational capacity of MEDREK and by transforming it from a coalition to a front so that it could pursue further its peaceful and democratic struggle. It is to be recalled that, on June 25, 2011, the General Assembly of MEDEK had instructed the member organizations to continue their effort along this direction.

The effort being made by the member organizations to transform MEDRED from a coalition to a front was closely and eagerly followed and supported by the Ethiopian people. Encouraged by this support and after many months of discussions and negotiations among the member organizations that resulted in:

1.Agreeing that the Minimum Political Programme be the programme of the Front and serve as an alternative on political/economic/social, etc matters;

2.Effecting improvements so that the organizational structure of the Front could be suitable for operation and implementation;

3.Setting the meeting schedule of the General Assembly and limiting the period of service of higher executive bodies of the Front;

4.Agreeing on the Front’s system of voting;

5.Agreeing on establishing branch offices within the country;

6.Agreeing on the conditions governing the interaction of member organizations with other political parties;

7.Agreeing on establishing support committees of the Front at home and abroad;

8.Agreeing to accomplish the activities of the Front through common effort;

9.When the Front participates in elections, agreeing on the formula by which member organizations would deploy their candidates, as well as on other appropriate matters;
the Executive Committee of MEDREK has decided to transform the organization from its present form of “Coalition” to the higher level of “Front”. The member organizations have agreed to present this decision to the General Assembly, the highest body of MEDREK, for approval.

It is with great pleasure that we present this landmark decision on the question of unity among political parties in Ethiopia, to our people who have been anxiously waiting for such a stand for a long time, and to the friendly International Community.

The 6 present member organizations of MEDREK and other genuine opposition political organizations that may join MEDREK in the process as members will act with commitment as one until the political, economic and social vision of MEDREK is realized, the sovereign power of the Ethiopian people is ensured, a democratic system prevails and the people embark on the road to development that would enable them to extricate themselves from poverty and backwardness. We call upon our compatriots at home and abroad and the International Community to stand on the side of MEDREK in its struggle to realize its vision.

The people will be empowered through our united struggle!

Ethiopian Federal Democratic Unity Forum (MEDREK)

October 13, 2011
Addid Ababa

  1. Hilina Negassa
    | #1

    It is a good start – Congradulations!
    There is only one way and one struggle to freedom. The freedom of the Ethiopian people can come when all the opposition forces stop bickering among ourselves and stand together. There is only one struggle – the struggle of the Ethiopian People to liberate themselves from TPLF Governmnet. To achieve this, we have to stand up as Ethiopians and raise the flag of unity against the dictatorial regime. There is no other way. There is no other time. It is good and we are happy to see this development and we want more. More from Medrek and more from the rest of the opposition forces. The time will come to face the Ethiopian People and present each of your organizations views, but for now let us all together stand for that time.
    Congradulations and thank you.

  2. She Is Ethiopia
    | #2

    A great postive move!!! Keep it up!!!

  3. another front
    | #3

    The agents of the Tigre People Liberation Front, TPLF, will surely penetrate the newly formed Front and will try to bury it before it could walk. The TPLF are smart destroyers. They camouflage in many different forms. LOOK AT what they did to CUD.

    The mischievous TPLF are well known for their crocodile tears. they murder people in day light and they are the first ones to be at the funeral service (if there is any such thing for their victims)and to send their ‘police’ to investigate the crime they themselves have committed. That is how these ruthless fascists of the TPLF behave.

  4. Girum
    | #4

    የተቃዋሚ ፓርቲ መሪዎች መቼም የሚያወሩት ነገር አያጡም፡፡
    ዋናው ነገር “ግንባርን በግንባር መግጠም” ነው የሚለው አባባል የትም የማያደርስ የተኮላሸና የተሳሳተ አካሄድ ነው፡፡ “ግንባርን በግንባር መግጠም” ነው ሲባል ኢህአዲግ የሚለውን የወያኔ ጭንብል ከስሙ ተነስተን ግንባር ነው ብለን የምናስብና የምንቀበል ካለን በጣም ስህተት ነው፡፡አቶ መለስና ወያኔ የበግ ለምድ ያጠለቀ ተኩላ አይነት ኢህአዲግ የሚለውን የውሸት ጭንብል ያጠለቁት ደርግን በመጣል ሂደት ውስጥ ለድል በተቃረቡ ሰሞን ነው፡፡ስለዚህም ጥንቱንም ሆነ አሁን ኢህአዲግ የሚባል እውነተኛ ነገር የለም በዋናነት ያለው ወያኔ ነው ከወያኔም በጠበበ ጥቂት ጎጠኞች ከጥቂት ጎጠኞችም በጠበበ አንድ ግለሰብ አቶ መለስና አቶ መለስ ብቻ ናቸው ያሉት፡፡ስለዚህም “ግንባርን በግንባር” የሚለው አባባል እንዲያው እራስን የማሞኛና እውነታን ላለመጋፈጥ የሚደረግ አጉል ዙሪያ ጥምጥም አካሄድ ነው፡፡
    እንዲያውም “ግንባርን በግንባር” ሳይሆን ከምንጊዜውም በላይ እውነታው እየተገለፀ የሚያሳየው “ሃይልን በሃይል መግጠም ”የሚለው ነው፡፡እኔ ተቃዋሚ ሃይሎችን ሁሉ አንድ ነገር ብቻ ነው የምነግራቸውና የምጠይቃቸው፡፡የምነገራቸው አቶ መለስና ወያኔ እኛ የተቀረነውን ኢትዮጵያውያንን ከምንጊዜውም በላይ እንደናቁንና ስለዚህም ከዚህ በኋላም ከተቻለ ከምንጊዜውም በላይ የሚያስፈልገው አጉል ጉንጭ አልፋ ምሁራዊ ትንተናና ክርክር ሳይሆን እውነታውን ለመጋፈጥ ቆራጥ ወኔና ውሳኔ ብቻ ነው፡፡እውነታው ደግሞ ሃይልና ሃይል ብቻ ነው እየሆነ ነው የመጣው፡፡የምጠይቃቸው ደግሞ አቶ መለስንና ወያኔን በሰላማዊ ትግል ብቻ እንጥላለን ብለው ያስባሉዎይ የሚለውን ነው?አዎ በሰላማዊ መንገድ ብቻ የሚል እምነት ካላቸው ደግሞ አጉል ህዝብን ከበረሃ በመጣ አረመኔ የአግአዚ ወታደር በከንቱ እንዳያስጨርሱንና አላስፈላጊ መስዋእትነት እንዳንከፍል ብቻ ነው፡፡ስለዚህም ተቃዋሚዎች በየጊዜው የሚቀያየር የማይሆን የተደበላለቀና የተምታታ የትግል ስልት እየተከተሉ ህዝብን በከንቱ ባያዘናጉት መልካም ይመስለኛል፡፡ለሀገራቸው ይህንን አይነት የማይጠቅም የትግል ስልት ከሚከተሉ ደግሞ ቢያንስ አርፈው ዝም ብለው ቁጭ ቢሉ መልካም ነው፡፡ሰላሳ አርባ አይነት የስም ግትልትልና ስያሜ ሳይሆን የሚያስፈልገው አንድና አንድ ብቻ የሆነ ቆራጥ ውሳኔና እምነት ብቻ ነው የሚያስፈልገው፡፡የማይተማመን ባልንጀራ በየወንዙ ይማማላል እንዲሉ ከውስጣቸው እንደ ህዝብ ታጋይነት የሚጎድላቸውን መሰረታዊና ወሳኝ ነገር በግልፅ በእውነትና በድፍረት ተነጋግሮ አንድ እልባት ላይ መድረስ እንጂ እንዲያው እንዳያማህ ጥራው እንዳይበላ ግፋው አይነት በመሃል ሰፋሪነት ላይ ያተኮረ ግልፅና ወጥ አቋም የሌለው የሚንገዳገድ አይነት የፖለቲካና የትግል አካሄድ ከጥፋት ውጪ ምንም የሚበጅ ነገር እንደሌለው ላለፉት 20 ዓመታት የታየ ነገር ነው፡፡ስለዚህም ግንባርን በግንባር የሚለው አባባል ውስጥ ወሳኙ ነገር ያለው ከስያሜው ሳይሆን ከይዘቱና ከቁምነገሩ ይመስለኛል፡፡ይቅርታ ይደረግልኝና ላለፉት 20 ዓመታት ያህል በተቃዋሚዎች የትግል ዙሪያ ያለው የኢትዮጵያ ፖለቲካ አጠቃላይ እንቅስቃሴ ብዙም ፋይዳ ያለው ቁምነገር ለመስራት እንዳልቻለ ማመን ያለብን ታሪካዊ ወቅት ላይ የደረስን ይመስለኛል፡፡ለምን ለሚለው መሰረታዊ ጥያቄ እጅግ የሚያነጋግር ነገር ስለሆነ ለጊዜው ማለፉ ግድ ይላል፡፡ዞሮ ዞሮ ግን እነሱም ይህንን ያፈጠጠ ያገጠጠ መሰረታዊ እውነታ ለማመን የፈለጉ ስላለሆነ ነው አንድ ጊዜ አንድ ስያሜ ሌላ ጊዜ ሌላ ስያሜ ሌላ ጊዜ ደግሞ ግንባርን በግንባር ወዘተ የሚሉ የተለያዩ የተምታቱ አካሄዶችንና እንቅሰቃሴዎችን እያደረጉ ያሉት፡፡እራስንም ሆነ ህዝብን በከንቱ በማይሆንና በማይመስል አካሄድ ከማደነጋገር የስቃይን ጊዜ ከማራዘም ደግሞ እውነትን ማመንና መቀበል ለመፍትሄው አንድ እራሱን የቻለ አንድ ትልቅ እርምጃ ይመስለኛል፡፡ከዚያ ውጪ ተቃዋሚዎች ምንም አላደረጉም እንዳይባል ብቻ ለይመሰልና ለታይታ ብቻ እራስን ከታሪክና ከህሊና ተጠያቂነት ለማራቅ በሚል ሰበብ ብቻ የማይሆን የተምታታ የትግል ስልትና አካሄዶችን መከተል ከጥቅሙ ይልቅ ጉዳቱ ያመዝናል፡፡ከተያዙ ወዲያ መንፈራገጥ ለመላላጥ እንዲሉ ዛሬ ደርሶ አቶ መለስና ወያኔ በሚሊታሪ በደህንነት በኢኮኖሚ ወዘተ እራሳቸውን በደንብ ካጠናከሩና ካደራጁ በኋላ እንዲያው በቀላሉ በተራ ጩኸትና ሰላማዊ ሰልፍ በሰላማዊ ትግል ከስልጣን እናስለቅቃለን ማለት ዘበት ነው፡፡የፈጣሪን ሃሳብ ባላውቅም እንደ ሰወኛ አስተሳሰብ አቶ መለስንና ወያኔ ከስልጣን ሊያስለቅቃቸው የሚችለው ሶስት ነገሮች ብቻ ናቸው፡፡

    1ኛ)የተፈጥሮ ሞት
    2ኛ)በቅጡ የተደራጀ የትጥቅ ትግል
    3ኛ)ስርዓቱ እንደ ስርዓት እጅግ በከፍተኛ ደረጃ የዝቅጠት ደረጃ ደርሶ ሲበሰብስና የመጨረሻ ደረጃ ላይ ሲደርስና እንደ ስርዓት ለመቀጠል ሳይችል ቀርቶ በዚህም የተነሳ የህዝብ ብሶት ከቁጥጥር ውጪ ገንፍሎ ሲወጣና አጠቃላይ ብሄራዊ ህዝባዊ አመፅ ሲደረግ ወይንም ከዚህ ጋር በተያያዘ የመፈንቅለ መንግስት ሲደረግ፡፡እዚህ ላይ ሰላማዊ ሰልፍና ከብዙ ዘመን ባለ ከተጠራቀመ ብሶት መገንፈል በመነጨ ያለ ህዝባዊ አመፅ እጅግ ይለያያሉ፡፡ሰላማዊ ሰልፍ ከስሙ እንደምንረዳው በስሜትም ሆነ በውጪያዊ ሆኔታዎች በተወሰነ መልክ ሰላማዊና የተረጋጋ ሁከትና ግጭት የሌለበት ነው፡፡ከብዙ ዘመን ከተጠራቀመ ብሶት መገንፈል በመነጨ ያለ ህዝባዊ አመፅ ግን ስለፈለግነው ወደን የምናደርገው ወይንም ስላልፈለግነው አስበን የምናቆመው ነገር አይደለም፡፡በቃ ጊዜውን ጠብቆ ከውስጥ የሚገነፍል የአንድ ሰብዓዊ ፍጡር ውስጣዊ ማንነት ደመ-ነፍሳዊ የሆነ ተፈጥሯዊ መገለጫ ባህሪ ነው፡፡ስለዚህም ነው በደልና ግፍ ሲበዛ ለማመፅና ለመፋለም የግድ ሰው መሆን አይጠበቅም ስለዚህም ዱላ ሲበዛባት አህያም በደመ-ነፍስ ትራገጣለች የተባለው፡፡ከዚህ በመነጨ ያለን ከውስጥ ገንፍሎ የሚወጣን ህዝባዊ አመፅ በመሳሪያና በቆመጥ ከቶውንም ያን ያህል ተቆጣጥሮ ማስቆምና መቋቋም እንደማይቻል እነ አቶ መለስም በተወሰነ ደረጃ ይረዱታል በተግባር ባያዩትም፡፡በቅርባችን ካለፉትና ከወደቁት ሁለት መንግስታት ታሪክ የምንማረው በ2ኛና በ3ኛ ተራ ቁጥር ያሉትን ተግባራዊነት ነው፡፡ከተራ ቁጥር-1 እስከ 3 ካሉት ውጪ ያለ ክስተት በተአምር ለመጠበቅም እጅግ ይከብዳል፡፡ስልጣን ላይ ካለው ሃይል ተፈጥሮና ባህሪ አንጻር በሰላማዊ ሰልፍና በሰላማዊ ትግል የሚባለው ነገር እኔ ብዙም የማይዋጥልኝ ግራ የሚያጋባ አካሄድ ነው፡፡በሰላማዊ ሰለፍና በሰላማዊ ትግል ሳይሆን ከላይ በገለጽኩት አይነት ባህሪ ባለው አጠቃላይ ብሄራዊ የህዝብ አመፅ አቶ መለስና ወያኔ ከስልጣን ሊለቁ እንደሚችሉ እርግጠኛ ነኝ፡፡ምናልባት ሰላማዊ ትግል የሚለው የአንዳንድ ተቃዋሚ ሃይሎች አካሄድ ወደ ድርድር ተቀይሮ አቶ መለስና ወያኔ እራሳቸውን ከማንኛውም አይነት የሰሩት ወንጀልና ጥፋት ተጠያቂነት በማዳን የራሳቸውን ዘለቄታዊ ጥቅምና ደህንነት በሚያስጠብቅ መልክ በዋናነት እነሱን እንደሚጠቅም ሆኖ ከስልጣን መልቀቅን እንደ ትልቅ የሰላማዊ ትግል ድል ለመቁጠር ያቀዱና ያሰቡ ካሉ ከባንዳነትና ከከሃዲነት የሚለዩ አይሆኑም፡፡ምክንያቱም የብዙዎቹ ተቃዋሚ ሃይሎች የመጨረሻ ዋነኛ አጀንዳና አላማ ከሀገርና ከህዝብ አጠቃላይ ዘለቄታዊ ብሄራዊ ጥቅምና ደህንነት አንፃር ሳይሆን ስልጣንና ሰልጣን ብቻ እንዳይሆን በጣሙን ስለምፈራና ስለምሰጋ ነው፡፡
    ከዚያ ውጪ ባለ ግን “ግንባርን በግንባር” ወዘተ የሚሉት የእናቴ ቀሚስ አወላከፈኝ አይነት ምክንያቶችን በመደርደር የሚደረግ ሰላሳ አርባ አይነት የስም ለውጥና ስያሜ ብዙም እርቀት የማያስኬድ ከንቱ ድካም ነው፡፡

    እግዚአብሄር ኢትዮጵያን ይባርክ ይጠብቅ!!!

  5. beyu
    | #5

    I read in the above statement ‘EPRDF’ as a government. These people do not even know who the enemy of the Ethiopian people is. It is a government run by TPLF. You have to know who your real enemy is, to start a battle. Otherwise you are fighting the wrong war.

    NONE OF the ethnic based organisations Zenawi has assembled in his parliament have any power to do any thing. they are dummies. when they are told to sit the sit, when they are told to stand they do like wise. that is all they do. They have no other duty. some of them even do not know how speak.

    How can any body who knows the workings of zenawi’s parliament talk about so called ‘EPRDF’ government.

    zenawi says EPRDF is in power. that is what he preaches to pretend that he is ruling as an Ethiopian. The real power is in the hands of the politbureau of the Tigre People Liberation Front.

    Those in EPRDF Zenawi has gathered around him are like cattle waiting for their fodder. they fill their bellies and that is all that matters to most of them. Zenawi spits in their faces and they will hurry up to mop up his spit.

    TPLF’s camouflage to rule Ethiopia is to call itself EPRDF.

    people please wake up and know your enemy

  6. The loss of innocent lives
    | #6

    All patriotic Ethiopians who are members of Tigray for Justice and Democracy need to convince the citizens of Tigray that the Eritrean Meles is in it for him self and his immediate family. Please inform your people not to stand by a tyrant whose hands are socked with the blood of your own Tigray brothers and sisters and countless number of innocent Ethiopians, case in point, a must read:

  7. Sheger
    | #7

    Good job Mederek and all the other party’s joining together. That is a good step forward.

    One love one Ethiopia!!!!!!!!!!!

  8. astra
    | #8

    It is a cumbersome document with huge holes where an 800-pound gorilla can pass through easily.
    Secondly, if individual right is respected what is the purpose of injecting group rights unless it is to give power to ethnic entrepreneurs.
    I do not think that their center could hold for a longer time

  9. Ewenetu taye
    | #9

    What a great story, what a fantastic move for unity forces. Hope those on the diaspora too will bring simiar news sooner rather than latter. Hope those separetist elements leard their idea is a dieying one and rejoin the unity forces. ye Ethiopia Amlak yitebikachihu.
    Ande Ethiopia, Ande Hizb.

  10. aha!
    | #10

    This press release similar to the previous one by K-5 and KILL-6, of the prcursor of the prodemocracy movement of UDJP, with the mantra of ‘no change but durable democracy with the subset agenda of emocracy, human right and justice as its objectives, and now the press release of OPDN/Medrek/fdre, a mirror image of TPLF/eprdf undermines the non-violent uprising to individual freedom and liberty to supercede ahead of ethnic and secessionist rights, to restore Ethiopian nationalism, Ethiopian National Interests, and the Sovereignity of Ethiopia by the self appointed OPDN/Medrek/fdd/fdre, which is identified as mirror image of TPLF/eprdf regime speaks as heir appanet to TPLF/eprdf regime, in the same manner as it posed before US Congress or senate as credible altenrnative before the the 2010 election, only to resolve issues with TPLF/eprdf participating in the conference. Is a revolution, a repeat of the same thing over and over again? How can one even justify that the approach is any better than KAEUP’s 8-point preconditions for elections and their campaign about the Ethiopian flag and unity of Ethiopia? How is it possible a democratic system over ethnic feralism, secessionism and totalrianism, which are built into the constitution? How is it going to be resolved with TPLF/eprdf regime a multi-layer, hierarchical political model with ethnic agenda with those wit similar agenda sitting on a round table for a fdd to the exclusion of “Andinet Hayloch” with the national agenda, even if one assumes freedom of the indidual and liberty, rather than ethnic and secessionist rights, which built int the constituion can be achieved by a round table dialog with TPLF/eprdf regime?

    It reminds me what one Ethiopian put forth as ones perception of Medrek participating in the election for 2010, as a coalition of UDJP and loyalist opposition parties, by saying, “gengideh wodih mircha yemibal neger akitmual/yelem, inezihma yalew mengist gilibach nachew”.

  11. aha!
    | #11

    Astra has posed a logical question about the need of including group rights (ethnic rights) and individual rights as being mutually exclusive, where the former is stipulated in the constitution. This press rlease accepts and upholds the constitution of ethnic federalism, secessionism and totaliarinism, inscribed in the constitution seeking to improve upon the subset objectives stated above, instead of the national agenda for unity, territorial integrity, sovereignity of Ethiopia and Ethiopians, stipulating ethnic and secessionist rights. In this press release the objectives ethnic and secessionist rights are not mentioned because they are inscribed in the constitution as Article 46, 39 (1) 8, etc. With those policies intact, and suppoted by ethnicfederalists (loyalist opposition parties, the stated objectives of Ethiopian unity and sovereignity are out of context and in of itself constitutes a national agenda, tacked with a suset of the national agenda to match that of UDJP’s objectives of democracy, human rights and justice. Apart from the Ethiopian unity and sovereignity, the rest are subset of the national agenda, which could be resolved by focusing on non-violent uprising to individual freedom and liberty to supercede ethnicrights (group rights), to restore Ethiopian Nationalism, Ethiopian National Interests, and the sovereignity of Ethiopia. The humanitarian, economic and political crises in Ethiopia can not be resolved by straddling between two sets of ideologies of ethnic agenda and national agenda.

  12. aha!
    | #12

    Furthermore, this press relase has to envision the reinstatement of the 14-15 original provinces to replace the nine ethnic regions (killil) through the ratification of the constitution to reinstate the Sovereignity of Ethiopia as a nation of federated provinces including Eritrea, should they undergo non-violent uprising to free themselves from the current dictatorship.

  13. አንጻሩ
    | #13

    This is a great step forward for Ethiopia.

    I will stand on the side of the MEDREK front.

    በርቱ ወገኖቼ! በገንዘብ ድጋፍ ከጎናችሁ እቆማለሁ!!

  14. gragn Ahmed
    | #14


  15. astra
    | #15

    Aha!- yes What “peace and reconciliation” are they talking about. It is the rule of law that should prevail. Everybody will be judged according to the law. Moreover, what about the right to individual property. Right to own a property is having a right to citizenship. It is that important. And these motley group ARE SILENT ON THAT!!!!!!!!!!
    “land Grab” happens because since the Derg and now TPLF rule no Ethiopian owns land and property (except in Tigrai)so they are selling Ethiopia piece by piece atdirt cheap prices and pocket the money.

  16. aha!
    | #16

    Individual freedom and liberty to supercede ahead of ethnic and secesionist rights, Ethiopian nationalism, Ethiopian national Interests, and the Sovereignity of Ethiopia are not availble for negotiations, peace and reconciliation. Peace and reconciliation comes after a decision comes from the silent majority, silenced but not silent majority or the provisional government that ratifies the constitution free of ethnic and secessionist politics and/or policies and establishes an independent branches of government to precide over human right violations.

  17. aha!
    | #17

    Also please take a look at above list of the parties OFDN/EDUF/fdre with ethnic agenda and UDJP for UDJP having the connotation of “Andinet for democracy and Justice”, not unity of Ethiopia and place the parties formig a coalition in TPLF/eprdf party, including EDP if you will to make a comparative analysis. Both parties in the teletafi and loyalist opposion parties may be labled as ethnic federalist, because they uphold the division of land by nine ethnic regions, instead of retaining the original 14-15 provinces. Consequently both support ethnic rule to democratic rule, because democratic rule is a rule by the people of the people and for the people, which puts EDP and UDJP in the wrong camps.

    Another similarity, to be pointed out interms of counter parts, one can not see any difference between Tigrai Harena and TPLF, except the former being a dissident from TPLF/eprdf party and are rivals, and also one can draw similarity between ONC, etc and OFPDN., which tend to form a coalition of their own similar to TPLF/eprf regime competing for the Office of the Prime Miniter under the same constitutional frame work, with perhaps a better and gentler administration, which has nothing to do with above aspiration of individual freedom and liberty to supercede ethnic rights and secessionist rights. No wonder that they are in a negotiating mode for peace and reconcilliation and political space in the times past and are not engaged in a non-violent uprising for freedom of individual, rather than democracy, human right and Justice, in the context of the release of the political leaders and Journalists, all of which are byproducts of an uprising for freedom. All what is needed is abandon their ethnic agenda to overpower the TPLF/eprdf regime, by coalescing with national agenda of “Andinet Hayloch” for unity, territorial integrity, sovereignity of Ethiopia and Ethiopians to deny the current regime the power of authorony over the the constitution and the anti-terriroist law crafted by the the non-independent parliament and implemented by the non-independent Judiciary.

  18. aha!
    | #18

    Lo and behold, Andargachew Tisgue’s second video interview with ESAT, viewed in Ethiomedia website is even more to the point of supporting ethnicfederalism, secessionism with underlying totaliarinism, when he said, “Biher Bihereseb Irasachewin Berasachew yematader Mebit”. This point of view, while he was an official with TPLF/eprdf regime is in tandem with sel-rule and separate development concept, while critisizing the implenentation, but condeminig ethnic federalism, secessionism with underlying totaliarinism stipulated in the constitution. This leads me make an inference of Ginbot 7 forming an alliance instead of merger with OLF and ONLF, in similar fashion for the formation of AFD under Eritrean sponsorship among Part of Kinijit and OLF, ONLF, etc. an observation over the last five plus years. Yet his view points about TPLF the architect of ethnic federalism, secessionism with totaliarinism coincides with view points from EPRP camp, minus the inclination to stand up for Ethiopian unity, territorial integrity, sovereignity of Ethiopia and Ethiopians. If the major goals of Ginbot 7 are freedom and democracy for all Ethiopians and if the major goals of OLF and ONLF are the same, what the purpose of an alliance, instead of a merger to form one unified Ethiopian force in the armed struggle with above mentioned goals, which puts them on the opposite end of TPLF/eprdf regime.

    The same secenario holds true for OFDN/EDUF/fedre, whichannounces to have been transformed from coalition to front, yet acting as counterpats to existing teletafi parities, both of which are suporting ethnic federalism secessionism and totalirinism, need to merge with the goals for unity, territorial integrity, sovereignity of Ethiopia and Ethiopians, to set themselves apart from TPLF/eprdf party and/orregime in a non-violent uprising to freedom and liberty of all Ethiopians.

  19. aha!
    | #19

    Correction:…. while criticiseng the implementation, but not criticising the ideology of ethnic federalism, secessionism and totalirianism as the major causes to the humanitarian, economic, and political crises in Ethiopia, let alone its hinderance to the prevalence of capitalism and democracy in Ethiopia for the silent majority of Ethiopians with individual freedom along with private property and land ownership that is currentely avaiable to TPLF and TPLF affiliated enterprises and foreign corporations.

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