PRESS STATEMENT – UDJ Founding Congress opens a new chapter – UDJP

June 20th, 2008 Print Print Email Email

Unity for Democracy and Justice (UDJ) has successfully conducted a Founding Congress on June 18, 2008.

UDJ is a new expression of the former CUDP, a party that had conducted a successful campaign and scored a significant victory in the 2005 election. However, due to some internal and external problems, it could not continue to operate as CUDP. It was forced to organize itself under a new name but with the spirit and fundamental objectives of CUDP. (more…)

Unity for Democracy and Justice (UDJ) has successfully conducted a Founding Congress on June 18, 2008.

UDJ is a new expression of the former CUDP, a party that had conducted a successful campaign and scored a significant victory in the 2005 election. However, due to some internal and external problems, it could not continue to operate as CUDP. It was forced to organize itself under a new name but with the spirit and fundamental objectives of CUDP.
The Founding Congress was attended by over 300 delegates that came from 7 regions of the country and from Addis Ababa. It deliberated on major party matters and approved the Party’s Programme, Bylaw, Emblem and Anthem. It elected 60 permanent and 15 substitute members of the National Council–the next highest body–as well as 18 members of the National Executive Committee, including the Party’s Chairperson, four Deputy Chairpersons and General Secretary whose names are listed below.

1. W/t Birtukan Midekssa – Chairperson
2. Eng. Gizachew Shiferaw – Deputy Chairperson, Head of Organizational Affairs
3. Dr. Yacob Hailemariam – Deputy Chairperson, Head of Foreign Affairs
4. Dr. Hailu Araaya - Deputy Chairperson, Head of Public Relations
5. Ato Temesgen Zewdie – Deputy Chairperson, Head of Finance
6. Ato Asrat Tasie – General Secretary

The next immediate task is fulfilling the requirements and applying to the National Electoral Board for registration. Along with this process, other major tasks will be building the Party’s organizational strength, drawing short and long term plans and mobilizing resources in readiness for the implementation of the Party’s Programme

We strongly believe that the mode of peaceful struggle we have chosen will lead us to victory. We are determined to work hard to develop a culture of peaceful struggle that grows ever stronger and is capable of bringing fundamental changes in our country through inexorable legal and moral force. For this to happen, however, every citizen that wishes to see democracy flourish in Ethiopia has to become a determine soldier of the peaceful struggle.

The way forward in the new chapter that has begun with a successful Founding Congress will be long and intricate. But we are confident that we will achieve our goal.

We call upon all our compatriots at home and abroad to join hands and labour in unison to bring about a country that is free from hunger and conflict and where our children can live in peace and with dignity. We also call upon the International Community to partner with us in this common cause.


Unity for Democracy and Justice Party
Addis Ababa
June 19, 2008

  1. cabdi
    | #1

    brother i think we can not see any justice here while somalis and other many nations are missing for example ethiopian somalis are next to oromo and amharas but we can not see them here so what kind of justice are you talking about don’t mis lead US OKI.

  2. Kerim
    | #2

    Sure our true leaders we will be with u all the times to come. Be strong & commited so do I.

    God bless u all & our land!!!!!!!!!!

  3. Achenafi
    | #3

    What a democratic party, are you fooling your self or what? A party where by its leader is known before election and come with opening address is unheard and unseen in the world. This is what they will do if they had the opportunity to rule over Ethiopia.
    For me it is the same shit as usual the DERGE ESEPA played their DREGETAWOI SERA and shared the positions accordingly, wait and seen the first victim of the old guard DERGE ESEPA will be the fake president w/r/t Birtulkan

  4. | #4

    yedenkoro lekso melso melalso

  5. Dido
    | #5

    It is a fake Party without public base,no politica motivation and no Agenda,Just ready to give Ethiopian people struggle to give for woyanne in the name of Election.

  6. yetabate
    | #6

    Woyanes and EPRP(Eyasu) are going wild because of the rebirth of a democratic party UDJ. WOyanes and EPRP(Eyasu) are allergic to DEMOCRACY.

    Congrats to UDJP and the first female leader of any political party in East Africa… Go Birtukan Go!
    Wzrt Birtukan – the first woman future Prime Minister of Ethiopia.

    Victory to the People and the UDJ!

  7. Tumata
    | #7

    I pray for them for god to be in all their walk steps. For their dream to come to real.
    UDJP I am with you.

  8. Aha!
    | #8

    You are fooling yourself, while trying to fool the Ethiopiopian masses. Please post my previous comments preeceding this comment.

  9. yetabate
    | #9

    I would like to thank and congratulate Ato Ashebir of abugidainfo for his outstanding job in today’s ECADF panel discussion.

    I am impressed presentation his argument supported with evidences, point by point.

    Good Job, Ashebir and abugidainfo. You are the best. Keep it up.

  10. Beti
    | #10

    bertukanen seltan laye lemawetate ayedelem engna yemenetagelew . she is talking about Election in 2010 foolishe yeman mogne neshe. we need real change that is uncoditionally remove the woyane thugs that is the change the ethiopians expected. remember in 2005 you talked about election fraud and our brother and sister have died of that stupid election you are talking about again. first of all you think about the free election board and then go for election. do not foolishe me again!!

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