After the amnesty … Ethiopia opens a dialogue with political opponents

After announcing the release from prison of some important opposition leaders, on Friday the Ethiopian government confirmed its intention to open a dialogue with members of the political opposition.

The statement released by the Government Communications Office stated that dialogue is the key to one pace lasting.

Liberation of political prisoners

These developments came after Ethiopia announced an amnesty for a group of political prisoners on Friday evening, with the aim of achieving political openness and initiating a comprehensive national dialogue.

The amnesty includes those who have been arrested in relation to previous problems and others arrested in relation to the Tigray War, including the founder of the Front, Sibhat Nga, 87, and other leaders of the Front, Jawhar Muhammad and his comrades from the Oromo Federal Congress Party, and Iskandar Nega, founder of the Democratic Party of Baldras. Real, friends.

The statement also added that the amnesty is part of the preparation to resolve the country’s political problems through dialogue and away from conflict.

Independent Committee for National Dialogue

Interestingly, the Ethiopian parliament had passed a law to form an independent committee to conduct a comprehensive national dialogue to overcome the effects of war and conflict and forge a national consensus on basic issues.

According to the United Nations, the conflict between the Tigrinya Liberation Forces and Ethiopian forces has claimed thousands of lives and caused a serious humanitarian crisis, forcing over two million people to flee their homes.

The war broke out in November 2020 when Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed sent troops to Tigray to overthrow the Tigray People’s Liberation Front, whose fighters he accused of attacking army camps and challenging his authority.

Ahmed promised a quick victory, but the front took the army by surprise and recaptured most of Tigray in June before advancing into the neighboring regions of Afar and Amhara.

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