Leaders call press conference at National Press Club


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New Ethiopia Opposition Coalition Envisions Regime Change

Leaders call press conference at National Press Club

The Ethiopian National Movement (ENM) was launched on Sunday, October 30, after months of negotiations among four political parties that formed the coalition to lead and coordinate the struggle of the Ethiopian people for justice, freedom and democracy.

Formed by the Patriotic Ginbot 7 Movement for Unity and Democracy, Oromo Democratic Front, Afar People’s Party and Sidama People’s Democratic Movement, ENM strongly condemns the killings, mass incarcerations and atrocities being committed against innocent civilians. It believes that the unjust rule of the brutal minority regime, which has declared a state of emergency to crush popular demand for change, is no longer sustainable.

Ethiopians can no longer tolerate injustice, inequality and violations of their inalienable rights. They are saying enough is enough.

ENM strives to create a peaceful transition in Ethiopia on the tombs of the dictatorial Tigrian minority regime, which has been inflicting unimaginable sufferings on the people of Ethiopia. The coalition also urges the U.S. Government and other Western countries to work with agents change such as EMN instead of providing unconditional aid to a regime that is terrorizing its own people.

EMN envisions a truly federal democratic system that respects human, political and civil rights of all Ethiopians.  ENM firmly believes in the necessity of creating a peaceful transition to enable citizens fully exercise their rights and create an all-inclusive government through a democratic process.

The coalition is in negotiation with other opposition political groups in a bid to create a larger and broad based movement for democratic change.

To introduce its program as well as its visions, missions and strategies to hasten radical political and socio-economic changes in Ethiopia, leaders of ENM and leading activists will hold a press conference at the National Press Club, 529 14th Street NW Washington, DC 20045

Venue: 13th Floor, First Amendment Lounge

Date: Friday, November 4, 2016

Time: 12:15 pm-2:30 pm

Speaking at the conference and available for one on one interview afterwards are:

Mr. Lencho Leta–ODF President and co-chairman of the Council of Representatives (CR) of EMN

Dr. Dima Nogo–ODF Vice President and Chairman of the Executive Council (EC) and General Secretary of ENM’s Council of Representatives

Dr. Kontie Moussa–Chairman of the Afar People’s Party and Founding Member of the Ethiopian National Movement

Mr. Muluneh Eyoel–Member of the Leadership of Patriotic Ginbot 7 Movement for Unity and Democracy – Founding Member of the Ethiopian National Movement

Mr. Bekele Wayu–Chairman of the Sidama People’s National Democratic Movement – Founding Member of the Ethiopian National Movement

Mr. Haile-Gebriel Ayalew–Observer-based on a special arrangement to have unofficial representation for the Amhara people’s voice in the formation of the National Ethiopian Movement

Award-winning activist and journalist Reeyot Alemu, is a producer with the Ethiopian Satellite Television and Radio, ESAT. She was unjustly jailed for four years under trumped-up terrorism changes for being a vocal critic of the regime, one of the top-five jailers of journalists in the world. Reeyot won, among others, the UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize in 2013 and the International Women’s Media Foundation’s Courage in Journalism Award in 2012.

Media requests and further information:

Tel. 240 205 1192

Source: Ethiopian National Movement

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2 Responses to Leaders call press conference at National Press Club

  1. million

    November 2, 2016 at 10:34 PM

    In some ways I am happy that leaders of our disparate political groups have come together to form the “Ethiopian National Movement (ENM)”.

    Here is my apprehension and consternation. A movement is generally defined as a group of people working together to advance their shared political, social, or cultural ideas. In the political context it is defined as one of the following:

    political movement within a party (eg the TEA faction of the republican party),

    faction, wing, front, lobby, camp (left, right centre factions of political parties, youth wings, anti-immigration blocks, eual pay for equal work lobby….)

    an organization (eg the African Union),

    grouping or coalitions (eg Kinijit, Medrek, G20, non-alligned movement…etc)

    Other synonyms of a “Movement” are campaign, crusade, drive, push (eg war on poverty), a change or development (the movement towards greater gender equality etc)

    Here is my 2 cent piece regarding the Ethiopian National Movement. I believe the ENM falls under the definition of a coalition. Unfortunately many coalitions have been formed only to disintegrate in a short period of time because there is no glue that binds them together. In the last 10 years alone we have seen the formation of HIBRET, KINIJIT and MEDREK. Where are they now? is the 64000 dollar question.

    I am afraid we are just observing the repetition of yet past strategies and tactics that did not show any tangible results in making the constituent vision a success.

    What is the cement that binds the four constituent parties together other than despise for the tplf regime? If they have a common vision, I would have thought that some well defined minimum commonalty such as “a democratic movement’, a “federalist movement”, “Unionist movement” etc, should have been contained in the branding of the movement as well as such a vision being expressed in the founding press release. It is too early to tell whether this movement shows any hope of success not only in getting rid of the tplf cancer but to also be robust enough to withstand the post tplf political and social complexities.

    As a corollary, I like to see the day where a party that is prepared to stand for its principle, is confident in itself and stands on its own 2 feet, is internally democratic, respects its members and uses them as a think tank to generate policies, and last but not least is resilient and adoptive to dynamic political landscapes in Ethiopia.

    Long live a United Ethiopia!
    Long live Ethiopian Unity!

  2. Alem

    November 3, 2016 at 7:36 AM

    I agree with the points and concerns raised by million. As it concerns Million it concerns most Ethiopians. It is shameful to hear and read from Ethiopians who wish to destroy own country and also shameful to see individual – so called intellectual to hate his/her own citizens in the name of Ethnicity. We concluded that the above mentioned group do not have the ability, willingness,moral and ethics to represent our country, Ethiopia, because simply they are wandering here and there to create chaos in Ethiopia. What i want to tell them is that they should know Ethiopians are tired of such kind of political business.