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Monday, May 22, 2006

What is the alliance for democracy
Last Friday, I wrote that there would be an earth quake in ethiopian politics in a few days. I had a day before learnt that OLF and Kinjit had agreed to form an alliance for democracy. That day invitation was extended to other groups and parties and I had to wait until the others also join the alliance to write about it. For me and some of my friends who were following the developments closely at home, the formation of the alliance between Kinijit and OLF was more than a pleasant surprise. It is a new chapter in Ethiopian politics.
At the current state of things, some ethiopians have two major worries.
-What will happen post-Meles? Can a transitional government be formed without the various political groupings having to go at each other?
-What is the role of OLF in such government? Will it press on for secession immediately?
I think the alliance with its undertakings is the begning of the answer for these two basic questions. OLF has now accepted that it is a majot political force in Ethiopia. Kinijit has accepted the necessity of working with OLF. Further, both are now looking beyond the current state of things in Ethiopia.
My contacts in the Ethiopian Army usually note that both OLF and Kinijit have massive support in the rank and file members of the army. The problem is there is a deep suspicion between the two groups. The success of the alliance will definitely have reverbrations in the army.
Kinijit and OLF still have a differnce in strategy(the former supporting peacful struggle while the other having an army). It is great that such and other ideological differences haven't forbidden them to join hands on things they can work together.
It is now the responsiblity of the new substitue kinijit leadership and the veteran OLF leaders to work hard and make the alliance a success. The Ethiopian people deserve it!

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

Zagol,

It is becoming harder to read your blog using Firefox (since this weekend). The google banner is in the middle of the page.

Keep up the good work

Anonymous said...

Zagol,

wow! correction!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

There is no NEW Kinijit Leadership.
The Leaders in Kaliti have APPOINTED the six individuals as
ENDERASSES or in ferenji lingo
have given them a "power of attorney" to conduct business on their behalf.

ethio-Zagol said...

Thanks anonymous above. I should have called it substitute leadership

Anonymous said...

EZ,

Thanks for the correction!
you know by now that when
"Zagol speaks people listen"
and hang on to every word.

Anonymous said...

Abiet, Abiet, Ligeba new meret: Wai, Wai
The End of Neo-fascist TPL and a new beginning for Ethiopia!

Anonymous said...

Abiet Abiet Ligeba new meret, Wai Wai!! the End of neo-fascist rule and a new beginning for Ethiopia

Anonymous said...

Zagol,

In short keep the good job up!! but always the truth. I (many for that matter) take for granted what you post on your nitch. Especailly, if you really have bold and trusted contacts with the army, please bring up related news on that. people really want to know how and what the army feels the situation in the country

Anonymous said...

UEDF, as usual receds from the stage. From their statement, it looks they are crying for the 'credit'. OLF, as organizer of the meeting, does not seem accepted by UEDF. As they claim they were the initiators of such a talk. Otherwise, they should clearly put in black and white the reason for their deterence from the alliance. It is their right to distance themselves, but they should refrain from defaming the good initiative. We trust CUDP that it does not line up with any force that does not stand for the good of ethiopia. UEDF for that matter did not get the will of the Ethiopian people as the CUD did. My point is, UEDF, pelase stay away from such itching and heart breaking statements, even if you don't agree with the other groups, and stick to your ideals. Play your own game in your own field or join the journey. You really did not understand how you heart the feeling of the freedom and democracy lovers of this country. How long will you remain giving statement against one another?

You did not even tried to be diplomatic in your statememtns. You just posted in an ordinary TPLF style language. You should learn the diplomatic way of saying your 'no'. OR, tell us what you witnessed at the meeting. Whatsoever discussion was among the parties, it is very encouraging to see them in arms and húging each other with such a wide range of differences between them. So, UEDF speak or shut up!!!

Anonymous said...

Zagol:
Any information on the basis of agreement should be public. Why do they want the public to guess on what they agreed on. Transparency is in order

Anonymous said...

Hi Blogers,

I just want to say a few things about UEDF. If it was not for UEDF, CUD would have form an alliance even way before the election due to some hard liners in the UEDF. This character of UEDF is also reflected at home through DR. Beyene and others. For us this a new chapter of the struggle where peacful and military solution is the way. This is the only thing woyane understand.

Molachaw
Addis Ababa

Andenet said...

Zagol,

First, great story on the new alliance for democracy. A long awaited unity finally arived.

Second, UEDF should be ashamed on their press release! Ethiopia does not need a divider but a unity! This was an opportunity for UEDF to repair the damage it made by joining the EPRDF in parliament. I guess we now know who the real enemy now.

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