Opposition Parties to Negotiate with EPRDF in Unison Featured

09 Feb 2017
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Addis Ababa February 9, 2017 Some 11 political parties, which have different agendas, said they have agreed to work together in the political negotiation to be held with the ruling party, EPRDF.

Lauding the government’s initiation for the negotiation, the parties in a joint press conference said that they are hopeful that the negotiations will help to accelerate political, economic and social development of the country.

Chairperson of the partnered parties and Unity for Democracy and Justice Party, Tigistu Awolu, said the parties have agreed to work in partnership to get better results from the negotiations.

The basic reason to forge collaboration among the parties is to sit in the negotiations with common negotiating points, Tigistu said.

Renewing the collaboration among the parties in maintaining democracy, justice and equality in the country is also the objective of the partnership, Tigistu said.

“We don`t have difference in what the final achievement for this country should , rather in the ways we follow to maintain it and we are working on it.”

The parties have already submitted the modalities for debating, discussion and negotiation after reaching consensus on the issues, Tigistu added.

Ayele Chamiso, Chairperson of Coalition for Democracy and Unity Party, on his part said, “We believe that disagreements could easily be resolved through discussion and negotiation.”

The parties proposed that three moderators should be present in the negotiations. Each, the ruling party and the opposition group, will have one moderator representing them, while a third moderator who represents both groups will be chosen during the negotiations.

Presence of domestic and international observers, professional moderators and access for the media are among the demand of the opposition parties to be fulfilled during negotiations.

Responding to questions regarding the current partnership of the parties in comparison to the 2005, Ayele said “the then united parties are like a family which divorced before they even got married. But now we have common grounds to unite especially on the core ideas we would set for the negotiation.”

Coalition for Unity and Democracy Party (CUDP), Unity for Democracy and Justice Party, Ethiopian Democratic Unity Movement and New Generation Party are amongst the parties agreed to work together for the negotiations to be held with the ruling party, EPRDF.

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