By T, Staffer of De Birhan MediaAugust 6, 2012
Activated by Ethiopian Prime Minister, Meles Zenawi’s absence from post (‘death’ according to some outlets) and the political uncertainties and vacuum resulting from it, political parties functioning in the country have started to form fronts.
The former Forum for Democratic Dialogue in Ethiopia (Medrek) a composition of six parties namely: Arena Tigray for Justice and Democracy (Arena), Ormo Federalist Democratic Movement (OFDN), Oromo People’s Congress (OPC), Social Democratic Party of Ethiopia (SDPE), Southern Ethiopia Peoples Democratic Union (SEPDU) and Unity for Democracy and Justice (UDJ) is one of these parities that has last week changed itself into a Front.
Similarly, liberation fronts and movements active inside and outside the country are in their final stages of forming a grand coalition. Most of these fronts and movements have waged armed struggle against the incumbent government but have been ineffective as their actions were solo.
“Expect some good News regarding this in the coming two weeks” hinted Ephrem Madebo, Public Relations officer of the Ginbot 7 Movement in an interview he held with a Diaspora based Online discussion Forum.
Ephrem didn’t mention the names of the fronts and movements that are in the process of forming the “grand coalition”.
It is to be recalled that Oromo Liberation Front (OLF) which is led by General Kemal Gelchu and ALEJE, Alliance of the three organizations (Afar People Party, Ginbot 7 Movement for Freedom, Justice and Democracy, Movement for Ethiopian Unity and Justice) two weeks ago have signed an agreement to cooperatively work towards removing the incumbent regime in Ethiopia .
In a related report, a press release sent from a little-known Free Ethiopians Army Movement, is circulating within the Ethiopian cyberspace. The Movement which claims to be a composition of active members of the incumbent Ethiopian National Defense Force (ENDF) vows to stand with the people and protect them. The Press Release doesn’t bear the contact details and identity of the pressers.