Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Ethiopian rebels drop call for secession

By ARGAW ASHINE NATION Correspondent

ADDIS ABABA, Tuesday

Ethiopia’s oldest  armed rebel group, Oromo Liberation Front (OLF) has announced  the end of its long held agenda of secession.

The group has said it will now fight for unity and freedom. 

Political commentators say this is a remarkable move in Ethiopian politics and  can potentially reduce opposition against Prime Minister Meles Zenawi’s government.

OLF was established in late 1960’s and was recently designated as a terrorist organisation by Ethiopian government along with Al-Shabaab and Al-Qaeda.

“The new OLF political programme will accept the new federal democratic republic of Ethiopia that will work for the betterment of all of its citizens, neighbouring countries and international communities,”  a statement  released by the OLF National council reads.

“The OLF National Council also focused on the timely demand of working with other democratic forces in forming the new Ethiopia that will guarantee and protect the fundamental rights of all peoples in Ethiopia” statement added. 

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