Opposition and proxy opposition split in the ongoing negotiation

March 30,2017

Ethiopia - Opposition party negotiation - source Fana B
Source : Fana

Deadlock over the question of third party mediator for the proposed negotiation between government and opposition party ended up in split.

Parties like Kinjit,the left over of once powerful coalition that won the 2005 election – now appropriated as proxy opposition, and nine other parties agreed with the ruling party’s proposition,instruction rather, that the negotiation needs no third party negotiator.

They took a stand that the negotiation process could be chaired by negotiating parties on a rotation basis.

Whereas bigger opposition parties like All Ethiopian Unity Party, Semayawi Party, Medrek, and Ethiopian Democratic Party maintained a position that independent third party mediator is a precondition for the negotiation process.

Since the ruling party is taking a hard-line that no negotiator is needed, the parties up for the next step of the dialogue are basically proxy opposition parties and parties with no significant constituency.

Semayawi party issued a statement today,which was shared on social media, condemning the move to carry on negotiation with out an independent mediator.
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