Ethiopian Government in Talks with Oromo Democratic Front

Ethiopian-Talks-ODFMay 14, 2018 - The Ethiopian government has started formal talks with an exiled opposition group, the Oromo Democratic Front (ODF), according to Africa News.

In May 13 statement by the ODF, the origanization confirmed that a high-level government delegation had met with its members and held fruitful discussions from May 11 – 12, 2018.

“Pursuant to its longstanding public position, the ODF reiterated its commitment to deepening and broadening the reforms and democratization process,” the statement read in part.

It did not disclose the Ethiopian officials involved but added that the government accepted that it was ready to ‘engage all those espousing nonviolent means of struggle.’

ODF maintained that even though the move was a positive first step, there was more that needed to be done: “Both sides underlined that this discussion with the ODF is the beginning of a wider engagement,” they stressed.

According to the Addis Standard news portal, March 2015, senior ODF representatives, including its founder Leencho Leta, made headlines when they were abruptly told by the government to leave their hotels in Addis Ababa.

The party said it had come back into the country at the time to establish a “peaceful political struggle under the current Constitution.”

Source: Africa News


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