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Ethiopia Releases Several Political Opponents While Calling For “National Reconciliation”

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The Ethiopian government released several politicians detained in the country last Friday and assured that it would open a dialogue with its adversaries, coinciding with the moment when Abiy Ahmed, Prime Minister of the country, called for “national reconciliation.”

This is the most significant advance 14 months after the outbreak of war in the northern region of Tigray, which has posed a great threat to the unity of the second most populous country in Africa.

It should be noted that among the released opponents were some leaders of the “Front of Liberation of the People of Tigray”.

According to Government Communicators Office, “dialogue is the key to lasting peace (…) and mercy is one of the moral duties of the victor.”

According to the list published by the state Ethiopian Broadcasting Corporation, it includes two senior political leaders from the Oromia region, the leader of the Oromo Federal Congress, Bekele Gerba, and the founder of Oroma Media Network, Jawar Mohamed.

The region of Oromia It is the settlement area for Ethiopia’s largest ethnic group, as well as the home of Abiy Ahmed’s political defense.

In turn, in the region, several rebellions have taken place, as well as serious human rights violations committed by the same security services.

International alarm rises over the escalation of the conflict in Africa's second most populous country, with fighters from the rebel group Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF) advancing on the capital as foreign governments urge their citizens to leave.
AFP / EDUARDO SOTERAS – International alarm increases over the escalation of the conflict in the second most populous country in Africa, with fighters from the rebel group Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) advancing towards the capital as foreign governments urge their citizens to leave

Likewise, the Ethiopian Broadcasting Corporation communicated on its official Twitter profile that among the released politicians were also the former president of Tigray, Abay Weldu, and the founder of the “Tigray People’s Liberation Front”, Sebhat Nega.

In addition, the journalist has also been released Eskinder Care, who is also the leader of the opposition party Balderas for True Democracy, imprisoned for a year and a half in the Kaliti maximum security prison in Adís Adeba, and accused of terrorism.

Eskinder’s release followed Abiy Ahmed’s annual Ethiopian Christmas message, which takes place on January 7, assuring that the country needs the “National reconciliation”.

Captive Ethiopian soldiers walk to the Mekele Rehabilitation Center in Mekele, the capital of Ethiopia's Tigray region, on July 2, 2021
AFP / YASUYOSHI CHIBA – Captive Ethiopian soldiers walk to the Mekele Rehabilitation Center in Mekele, the capital of Ethiopia’s Tigray region, on July 2, 2021

International welcome

Antonio Guterres, Secretary General of the United Nations (UN), welcomed the release of various detainees in prison in Ethiopia, including members of the opposition.

“I call on the parties to build on this important confidence-building step by agreeing a ceasefire and a permanent ceasefire, as well as the launch of a complete and credible process of dialogue and national reconciliation, ”Guterres said.

“I will remain actively engaged with all stakeholders to help Ethiopia end the fighting and restore peace and stability”He added.

Ethiopian military in an area near the border of the Tigray and Amhara regions of Ethiopia
PHOTO / Ethiopian News Agency via AP – Ethiopian military in an area near the border of the Tigray and Amhara regions of Ethiopia

In addition, the UN Secretary General assured, after his last meeting with Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, that he expects a real improvement in terms of humanitarian access to war-affected areas.

However, Ethiopia continues to live a civil war confronting the Ethiopian government and rebels in the northern region of Tigray.

As a result, there have been thousands of deaths during the conflict, as well as two million people have been forced from their homes, according to information from the United Nations.

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