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AEUP, Balderas form coalition
Eskinder Nega (L) and Mamushet Amare during the signing ceremony on Friday

AEUP, Balderas form coalition

The All Ethiopia Unity Party (AEUP) and Balderas for Real Democracy, a newly established party founded by Eskinder Nega have agreed to form a coalition, taking the initiative of creating a unified opposition camp that can compete with the incumbent in the upcoming general election.

The chairs of the two parties, Mamushet Amare of AEUP and Eskinder Nega of Balderas, signed the agreement on Friday, March 6, 2020 at the head office of the AEUP. They said the coalition is formed mainly to defeat the current regime through a peaceful struggle, build genuine multiparty political system, which in turn would bring peace, unity and development to the country.

The two parties entered this agreement to consolidate their effort to become a major competitor in the upcoming general election scheduled to take place on August 29, 2020 and to show other political parties of the benefit of working together to create a genuine multiparty political system in the country.

In accordance with such framework, the agreement will help them organize their election manifesto together, compete with a similar name and symbol during the election, fight the causes of extremism witnessed in different parts of the country and fight for the protection of Ethiopia’s national interest.

Following the explanations made by the two leaders, The Reporter asked what makes their coalition different from numerous other coalitions, mergers and cooperation’s, that have been formed in the country in the past.

In this regard, “ I myself as a journalist and AEUP as a political party, were players during the historical 2005 election and were able to understand the gaps and challenges that had happened to the CUD. Hence, we are hoping and working to rectify that mistake and not repeat the same mistakes again,” Eskinder replied.

Furthermore, “We are not going to repeat the mistakes of the CUD. Committing the same mistakes this time around, is tantamount to playing with the survival of both the country and the people,” Eskinder said.

Similarly, Mamushet also said “We believe that working together will lead us to achieve our goals and to victory. Therefore, through this coalition we will combine and use our capacity, knowledge, influence and human resources, together in our effort to become one major competitor to the incumbent in the upcoming general election and onwards.”

AEUP was initially founded as a regional party and named All Amhara Unity Organization (AAUO) by the late surgeon Asrat Woldeyes in 1992. However, later on; the party transformed itself to a national party and rebranded itself as the All Ethiopia Unity Party (AEUP) in 2003. The party is also one of the four parties that founded the Coalition for Unity and Democracy (CUD), a dominant political force during the controversial and historical 2005 election.

Balderas was initially launched as a civic society to safeguard the political and economic rights and interests of residents of Addis Ababa, but later changed to a political party and was recognized by the National Electoral Board of Ethiopia (NEBE) recently.