Medrek calls for the establishment of national unity gov’t
The Ethiopian Federal Democratic Unity Forum (Medrek) – a coalition of four political parties which conducted its 15th general assembly a week ago – has asserted that the ongoing political problems and disarray in the country will not be solved by the lone efforts of the ruling Ethiopian Peoples’ Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) and called for the establishment of a national unity government.
Apart from calling for the establishment of a national unity government, the general assembly also discussed various issues including what its role should be to ease the ongoing political disarray observed in different parts of the country, for the establishment of an independent electoral board and recruitment of qualified board members, and the release of political prisoners especially its members in the Oromia and Tigray regional states.
Members of the general assembly, who came from different parts of the country, conducted an exhaustive debate and discussion over the agendas and elected a new chairman, vice chairman and secretary of the party. In this regard, Merera Gudina (Prof.), Beyene Petros (Prof.) and Desta Dinka were elected chairman, vice chairman and secretary of the party, respectively.
Furthermore, the party called on the government to take control of different problems observed in different parts of the country to ensure the free movement of citizens, restore peace, security and order throughout the country.
Finally, the party reaffirmed its stance that all political forces should participate and take part in widening the political space that has surfaced in the past months via the wide-ranging struggles of all Ethiopians.
Medrek is the coalition of four parties, which includes the Ethiopian Socialist Democratic Party (ESDP), Arena for Sovereignty and Democracy (Arena), Sidama Liberation Movement (SLM) and Oromo Federalist Congress (OFC).