Fana Radio, owned by the ruling TPLF/EPRDF Front has reported that Prime Minister Hailemariam Dessalgen, who holds relatively no power, in a TPLF dominated regime, is going to talk with “opposition parties.”The report said the Council of the parties agreed “to come up with ideas which would help amend political parties’ registration proclamation as well as election-related rules and regulations.”
This comes after the AU and other international bodies called for a dialogue.
The so called members of the National Political Parties’ Joint Council are parties which have been created by the government as splinters from the former Coalition for Unity and Democracy (UCD) like Ayele Chamiso and Tigestu Awolu, who left the Unity for Democracy and Justice (UDJ). They are said to be of little support and members in the country. The Council often issues statements supporting government polices and decisions while being tagged “opposition.”
A report published on the government’s Ethiopian Herald, is a good example of this.
To the satisfaction of many, the Joint Council of Political Parties, which comprise nine parties, recently condemned the violent anti-government protests in some parts of Oromia and Amhara states.
It is when opposition parties with political clout and support are either outside the country or not invited that the government, has announced, as is it made a major all inclusive national dialogue, a date for a discussion with “opposition” parties regarding current instability in the country.