Mega opposition camp merger on the horizon
A mere weeks after 108 political parties signed a code of conduct and urged to form a coalition among them not become disfranchised; six parties have agreed to dissolve and create a new political party with a strong footing ahead of the upcoming national election. These parties are to be organized by their constituency,woredas and place the ideals of democracy in to the heart of their activism.
These parties are to include Semayawi (Blue), Ethiopian Democratic Party, Amhara National Democratic Movement, ANDINET, Gambellas People’s Democratic Movement and ArbegnochGinbot Patriotic 7, which the latter was once viewed as a terrorist organization within Ethiopia.
“It will have a citizenship based politics that ensures all citizens enjoy equal rights and opportunities anywhere in the country and social justice which basically means the program and policies developed will focus on how to solve problems of the underprivileged,” Nathanael FelekeAbera of Ginbot 7 told The Reporter.
The new party is to have a name and construct its code of conduct and policies in the coming weeks, at a future convention that is expected to host hundreds of representatives. This new party is to integrate its ideas and identity under the new party and contest the upcoming election accordingly.
“The movement will do all it can to build a genuine democracy in the country,” said BerhanuNega at a press conference held yesterday.