Five Ethiopian Opposition Parties Set To Merge

Preparing for the upcoming May 2020 enational election of Ethiopia five opposition political parties have agreed to merge forming anew party, Hibir Ethiopia Democratic Party.

Ethiopian Renaissance Democratic Organization, Ethiopian National Transitional Council, Ethiopian people’s Movement, Omo People’s Democratic Union, and South Ethiopia Green Stars Coalition are the five political parties agreed to form Hibir Ethiopia Democratic Party. The parties are set to officially merge and create the new party on coming Thursday, according to the press statement made by the leaders of the parties on Monday.

Latest report shows that there are ciurrently around 100 politcal parties operating in Ethiopia, of which most are ethnic based. After coming to power about a year ago, the reformist Prime Minister Abiy Ahemd has told opposition parties to come together narrowing their differtences.

As a result last week, some of the major opposition figures from half a dozen opposition parties have disolbved their previous opposition parties and announced the establishment of a new opposition front, Ethiopian Citizens for Social Justice Party.




  1. that is great news. the proof of the pudding is in the eating. most groups come together in a hurry , like CUD and disintegrate immediately after an election or sometime after they are formed.
    the reason for this mainly power struggle within these groups. sometimes the parties even lack any committment to their cause. they expect everything to go smoothly and when a problem arises they ran away blaming each other.
    people who form these parties should know that a political party is an evolving entity. differing ideas within the party should not be seen as a bad thing , open discussion on different issues is the only way out. we need to be able to discuss big ideas. stop attacking each other and take issues personally. we need to develop new culture in ethiopian politics. a culture of open discussions instead of back stabbing . IDEAS should take centre stage not personalities.

  2. Coalition or merge is good but no use to Ethiopia as still number of parties shall reduce to 3 or 4 big parties.
    How can people choose, support and vote for those parties? People and national interest shall prevail their own interest.


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