January 1, 2019 – Four Ethiopian political parties have agreed to merge together and form one civil party.
In a press conference, the Semayawi Party (Blue Party), Ethiopian Democratic Party (EDP), Patriotic Ginbot 7 and Unity Party (UP) said they were forming a new party.
The four parties have been negotiating about forming a kind of unity party between their respective organizations.
According to the plan, the new party must be formed at the end of March 2019.
The name of the new party has not yet been announced, nor are its leaders, according to the information they have released.
As far as the objectives are concerned, the new party will concentrate on Ethiopian unity, freedom of citizens, ownership of land and empowerment of people, it was learned.
The Blue Party, led by Yeshiwas Assefa, prepares for the new party and has already settled on the last Sunday. The leader, Yeshiwas Assefa, said: "we are becoming a model and other parties were also working to follow this example."
Ethiopian politics is currently dominated by ethnic regional parties. National parties such as EDP and Semayawi are much smaller and smaller and have little influence in the political landscape of the country. Several organizations that have recently returned from exile are organizations based on ethnic organizations, such as the OLF (Oromo Liberation Front), the ONLF (Ogaden National Liberation Front) and Tigray Alliance for National Democracy (TAND).
The ruling party, EPRDF (Ethiopian People & # 39; s Revolutionary Democratic Front), is a coalition of four ethnic parties.
The new, emerging national parties, considering regional-based politics as a real threat to the unity and stability of the country, hope to change that.
According to many, the impact of more than two decades of ethnically-based politics in Ethiopia is growing by the increasing number of ethnic clashes and disputes about borders and means – developments that are completely new to Ethiopia's modernization.
According to recent estimates, about 80 political parties are active in Ethiopia. At a recently held conference in Addis Ababa, which Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed addressed, several leaders of the opposition parties stressed the need for fusion and unity between these parties.