By Abraha Belai,
THREE Ethiopian rebel groups said on Monday they were heading for a merger in a bid to expedite the end of the dictatorial regime which has been in power since 1991.
Those who signed an agreement for a merger are the Ethiopian People Patriotic Front (EPPF), Ginbot 7 Movement for Justice, Freedom and Democracy (G7), as well as the Amhara Democratic Forces Movement (ADFM).
The joint press statement said:
“For years, the Ethiopian people have been demanding for a united political front, and we the various political forces that struggle to make the people the only source of power in Ethiopia have envisioned that a united political force and collective struggle is not an option, but an indispensible necessity.”
Unity among Ethiopian opposition organizations has been elusive much to the delight of the TPLF regime that has ruled Ethiopian with an iron hand for twenty-three years.
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Three Ethiopian Political Forces Fighting to Oust the Regime Sign MOU
(ESAT News – August 26, 2014) – The Ethiopian People’s Patriotic Front (EPPF), Ginbot 7 Movement for Justice, Freedom and Democracy and the Amhara Democratic Movement Force (ADMF) have said in a press release they sent jointly that they all have reached a stage where united struggle and sacrifice has become a must in order to save Ethiopia and the people from the quagmire they are in and facilitate the making of the people hold power. They have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that will lead them into forming a united front.
They noted that they have agreed to work together in all aspects and facets of the struggle during the transition period. The representatives of the three political forces told ESAT that the agreement is good news for the people of Ethiopia.
EPPF’s Organisational Affairs Head, Patriot Mengistu Woldeselassie, said the agreement represents the Ethiopian people and the fact that “our struggle is based on paying sacrifices, it makes our unity more Ethiopian”.
Abebe Bogale, the Chairman Civil Resistance and Executive member of the Ginbot 7 Movement said as soon as the merger of the three political forces is completed, the work of allying with other organisations such as the Tigrean Peoples Democratic Movement (TPDM) will kick off.
Combatant Teferi Kasahun, the representative of ADMF said when the alliance is completed, it will all be organised under one leadership.
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