Ethiopian Government Pardons Former Ginbot 7 Leader
May 27, 2018 - The new Ethiopian government pardoned Andargachew Tsige who was sentenced to death in absentia in 2009 for his role in Eritrean-based armed opposition group Ginbot 7 where he once served as Secretary General.
Ginbot 7 is one of five groups outlawed in Ethiopia, alongside the secessionist groups Oromo Liberation Front and the Ogaden National Liberation Front, as well as al Qaeda and Somalia’s al Shabaab.
A British citizen, Andargachew Tsige was arrested in Yemen five years later and extradited to Ethiopia.
According to the Ethiopian government, the decisions were made with the “intention of widening political space.”
In a marked departure from the previous administration, the current Ethiopian government led by Dr. Abiy Ahmed has been making reapproachment with political opposition at home and abroad. Recently, it invited leader of Oromo Democratic Front (ODF) to Addis Ababa for talks and reconcilation. The ODF was formed in 2013 after split from the Oromo Liberation Front (OLF).