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Ethiopia Ruling Coalition Seeks to Further Unite Ahead of Vote

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Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Photographer: Ashraf Shazly/AFP via Getty Images

Ethiopia’s ruling coalition took a step closer to the creation of a national unity party as Africa’s second most-populous nation prepares for elections.

The executive committee of the alliance voted for the merger of the four parties, Fikadu Tessema, a committee member, said in an interview with the Ethiopian Broadcasting Corp.

The move will include a fair representation of the ethnic groups in the alliance, Tessema told the national broadcaster. The Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front or EPRDF, a former rebel movement that’s made up of four regional parties, will wait for the final confirmation from the coalition’s 180-member council. The Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) faction of the party opposed the merger.

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  1. Unity is what makes us strongly support and contribute to meet UTYNA’s goals and improve our ability to fund UTYNA .

  2. The proclamation that recently entered into effect viz. “Ethiopian Election, Political Parties Registration and Election Ethics” allows the merger we’re witnessing now.

    If you want to see the unofficial copy of the proclamation, it’s available next

    The relevant provisions of the proclamtion are : Article 2 (25) which defines “merger”, Article 91 which elaborates and /or expands the definition of “merger” and Article 92 which specifies effects of “merger”. Once the merger is complete, the new political entity needs to register under the proclamation.

    The question is: Would the merger hold in the regions where ethnic divide is deep rooted which makesthe merger remain at the leadership level eventually rendering the entire exercise useless? I can only say “time will tell”.

    Personally, I feel that the effort to merge according to the terms and spirit of the proclamation might pose a serious challenge, but it’s an ideal worth trying given the disastrous situation the country and its people find themselves right now.

    Good luck in your efforts, folks!

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