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Ethiopia: Rebels Drop Call for Secession

The Nation (Nairobi)

Argaw Ashine

3 January 2012

Addis Ababa — 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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