3 June 2010 — Oromo Liberation Front – Press Release, The Meles/TPLF regime’s May 23, 2010, sham and fraudulent election vindicated the Oromo Liberation Front (OLF) and embarrassed its foreign supports. The OLF did not have an illusion that the Meles/TPLF regime is an antithesis to democracy and the rule of law. After all, the Meles/TPLF regime is a declared and ardent disciple of the “Maoist theory of Revolutionary Democracy” and as such one could expect of it nothing but a sham and farcical elections.
The relation of the OLF and the TPLF regime was an adequate early warning to all interested that the TPLF régime is tyrannical and it has no political will and commitment to democracy; respect for human rights and freedoms and the rule of law. This early warning was conveniently not heeded particularly by the Western supporters of the tyrannical regime.
It is worthy to note that the OLF was part of the struggle against the Military Junta that preceded the Meles regime. It is also important to remember that the OLF was a party to the governing Coalition established in 1991, after the down fall of the military junta. The OLF joined the coalition government with the TPLF in good faith with the intention of laying down foundations of an all inclusive democracy, respect for human rights and effect a peaceful transition to the peoples’ sovereignty whereby the Oromo quest for self-determination and all other lingering political questions of the country would be peacefully and democratically resolved. For the record, the OLF had opposed the TPLF’s undemocratic stance of excluding some of the stakeholders from the transitional arrangement.