Following elders’ mediation efforts to find solutions to the predicament Blue Party finds itself in, former president, Yelekal Getnet (Eng.), and other members who were ousted from the party, due to differences over the issue of audit report, have finally decided to form a new political party.
The mediators revealed that the leadership of the party headed by Yeshiwas Assefa, who is recognized as the president of the party by the National Electoral Board of Ethiopia (NEBE), is not willing to comply with the decisions of the mediators.
“In order to stop the fragmentations in opposition political parties, we are trying to sort out our problems within the party in an amicable way; hence, we were able come to a consensus. However, the existing leadership of the party blocked all possible ways of working together,” the former president of the party told The Reporter. He went on to say that, the former leadership, in consultation with the members of the party, have decided to establish a new political party that focuses on youth, women, citizenship, nation building, basic human rights and equality.
In this regard, the party has established a committee that has seven members to undertake the necessary legal procedures and pertinent requirements to establish a new political party.
The name of the newly established party will be “Ethiopian National Movement (ENM)” and will submit its registration request to the NEBE by Monday, February 12, 2018, Yelekal told The Reporter.
He further stated that the established party would strongly work to eradicate the politics of hatred and try to ease the stubborn spirit that is persistent in the political landscape of the country. It also plans to conduct its founding conference very soon, he said.
“According to our agreement based on the recommendations of the mediators, we have agreed with the former president to dissolve his newly established party and rejoin the party again. They have a lot to contribute to the party, we are still waiting on them and the door is always open if they want to comeback” president of Blue, Yeshiwas Assefa, told The Reporter.
Meanwhile, mediators Temam Ababulgu, Tadiwos Tantu and others also wrote a warning letter to the current president, Yeshaiwas Assefa. They warned that if the current leadership did not comply with their words, the mediators will reveal the destructive activity of the current leadership through different media outlets.