November 14, 2018 - The two competing political organizations from Oromia region of Ethiopia have agreed to work together, according to FBC report. In a joint press conference, the Oromo Democratic Party (ODP) and the Oromo Liberation Front (OLF) just announced that they have agreed to work together.
According to the report the agreement was reached between Deputy Chairman of ODP, Lemma Megersa, and OLF Chairman Dawud Ibsa.
Lemma Megersa, the Chief Administrator of Oromia regional state, said “we will work together for peace, development, and economic growth of the country.”
Further, he urged the public to support government’s efforts to ensure rule of law and bring to justice those individuals who have caused harm to the country.
He called on the youth (Queerro), political parties, and activists to safeguard the gains made from the ongoing reforms.
Dawud for his part said his party has agreed to work jointly with both the federal government and the Oromia regional state.
OLF and its army will jointly work with the government by engaging in a peaceful activity, he said.
Recently, the government had warned the OLF to disarm or the government wil disarm it. This was following several incidents in some parts of the country, such as Benishangul-Gumuz, where the OLF and its supporters were accused of deadly attacks that resulted in the displacement of thousands.
In an interview he gave to Walta Information Center in October this year, the Chairman of the OLF, Dawud Ibsa, seemed to deny that the OLF ever agreed to disarm.
This was contrary to initial reports indicating that, as part of the peace plan, the OLF had agreed to lay down arms and compete peacefully with other political parties.
Nothing is yet known whether the OLF will disarm or the Ethiopian central state will coexist with armed OLF.
There has been unconfirmed reports of late that the OLF was talking with the TPLF (Tigrayan People's Liberation Front). If such moves are indeed true, it may signal that the OLF intends to compete against the ODP inside the Oromian political landscape more aggressively than previously thought. It may also be the reason the ODP is currently treating the OLF with kids gloves despite various provocations.