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Ethiopia: Political dialogue, strengthening the priorities of the institutions to sustain the reform – Political parties

Addis Ababa: leaders of different political parties emphasized the need for inclusive political dialogue and the building of strong democratic institutions to deepen and sustain the ongoing reform in Ethiopia.

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed revealed he is ready to talk to the leaders of registered opposition parties in Ethiopia and the parties that recently returned home from exile on Tuesday.

It was reported that the discussion will focus on the process of reform and democratization underway in the country, it was indicated.

In addition, the talk will focus on the electoral reforms that must be addressed so that the next national election is democratic, free and fair.

The president of the Social Democratic Party of Ethiopia, Professor Beyene Petros told the ENA the ongoing reform and the bold action of the government to expand the political space is appreciable.

"We support and welcome the reforms as excellent and will cooperate to elevate our efforts to ensure the desired results through real discussion and consultation," Beyene said.

The country's political platform is creating optimism among all political parties, he said, adding that "however, the electoral board under the new president must undertake profound reforms such as training its human capital."

According to him, the government must create a platform for collaborative and inclusive political dialogue to achieve an inclusive and sustainable change in the country.

The president of the Arena Party, Abreha Desta, pledged that his party will play its part in achieving the results, since the governing party, EPRDF, alone can not sustain peace and security throughout the country.

Ethiopia needs to create neutral and independent institutions to guarantee equality, Abreha said, adding that "to sustain the democratization process, the government and the opposition parties must continue the discussions."

"Although the appointment of Burtikan Mideksa as President of the electoral board is a very good opportunity both for the government and for the opposition parties, it is a huge burden and requires his great effort to review the electoral board," he said.

The vice president of the Oromo Federalist Congress, Gebru Gebremariam, expressed his party's willingness to support the government's initiative to institutionalize the reform under way to "institutionalize the reform to generate trust and public trust."

By urging political parties to give genuine support to the right and criticize the wrong parties to the reform, he emphasized the need to improve tolerance and reach consensus on various issues among all political parties.

"The government must create bilateral and multilateral platforms for the opposition parties to discuss, negotiate and achieve a genuine democracy," said Gebru.

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