Ethiopia – Factions in Unity for Democracy and Justice Party Quarrel

Ethiopia – Factions in Unity for Democracy and Justice Party Quarrel

By Meleskachew
Amaha VOA News
Addis Abeba
22/04/2010

One of Ethiopia’s major opposition parties remains divided as one group elects a new chairman and tells officers of the other faction to resign.

Pro. Mesfin Woldemariam
Pro. Mesfin Woldemariam

A longtime human rights advocate, Mesfin Woldemariam, was elected vice chairman of Unity for Democracy and Justice this week. The chair of the party is lawyer Birtukan Medeksa who is serving a life sentence in prison on treason charges.

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One of Mesfin’s first acts in office was to declare that another party of the same name is not the true UDJ.

Mesfin’s position was supported in a UDJ press statement issued by Andualem Arage last Friday charging that a faction led by Hailu Araya and Gezchew Shiferaw is not a true UDJ group.

Listen to an interview with Andualem and Hailu in Amharic.

Source:Nazret


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