The National Movement of Amhara (NAMA) – a party under establishment – has submitted its request to the National Electoral Board of Ethiopia (NEBE) so as to be recognized as a legally registered party in the country, Deputy Chairman of the party, Belete Mola said.
The party disclosed that it has submitted all the necessary documents and requirements to the Board, in a press conference held at its head office on Thursday, September 20, 2018, and stated that it is hopeful it will get its registration license shortly.
In its first presser since it inaugural convention back in June at Bahir Dar, Amhara Regional State, Dessalegn Chane (PhD), Belete Mola and Christian Taddele; chairman, deputy chairman and head of public relations, respectively, conferred on numerous issues including the current political development, the recent unrest and conflicts the country is facing, and the marginalization of the Amhara both from political, economic and social activities in the country.
In this regard, the leaders of the party stated that in the past fifty years generally and in the past 27 years specifically; the Amhara has faced numerous challenges including displacement from its land marginalized form economic opportunities, jailed, tortured and exiled through the brutality of the regimes, the party claimed.
Though the party considers the recent measures taken by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed (PhD) as positive developments in the political landscape of the country; the party equally demands that criminals that put in danger the unity of the country, embezzled different resources in the past should either ask an official apology to the public or bring them to the court of justice, the party highlighted.
Apart from this, the party requested for the government to recognize the questions of survival of the Amhara and provide a lasting solution to perform its responsibility in protecting peace and security of all the citizens, and to call on all political forces without any precondition for negotiations and discussions.
The party also stressed that the current constitution ought to be amended by stating that it was designed in a way that ignores the interest of Amharas at large and without the proper participation of the Amhara in the making of the constitution.
Moreover, the party extended its call for support of the international diplomatic community and other friends of Ethiopia in its effort to realize democracy, equal right and equitable distribution of resources among Ethiopians.
The party, which was founded back in June by scholars from different universities, is aimed at fighting for the respect of the Amhara ethnic group.