Leaders of the AG7 movement, including former Becknell University professor Berhanu Nega, announced today that they are ready to return to Ethiopia within a month.
July 31, 1818
Leaders of Arbegnoch Ginbot 7 (AG7), a rebel movement that the Ethiopian government cataloged as a terrorist organization until the federal parliament decided to take the name of the organization from the list of terrorist organizations recently, announced at a press conference held today in Washington DC that all leaders of the organization will return to Ethiopia within a month.
Chairman of the party, Berhanu Nega, who was professor of economics at Becknell University, Andargachew Tsige, secretary of the movement who was imprisoned in Ethiopia for more than four years after he was kidnapped in Yemen and handed over to the Ethiopian government in 2014, and Ephrem Madebo attended the press conference.
Arbegnoch Ginbot 7 was formed three years ago and is a coalition of two rebel groups based in Eritrea. Ginbot 7 was founded in 2008 by Dr. Birhanu Nega and Andargachew Tsige.
The decision to return to Ethiopia in a month came after a meeting with Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and senior officials of his government who were visiting the United States. States to meet with the Ethiopians in three cities of the United States. The task of returning the rebel fighters in Eritrea to a normal life, the release of all prisoners in Ethiopia in relation to the AG 7 movement and independent institutions, such as the Electoral Board for example, in the country were some of the points of discussion between party leaders and Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed.
When asked if it was not risky, apparently from a personal security point of view, for party leaders to return to Ethiopia at that time, they responded that they understood the risk represented by the counterreformist forces that used to be in the country. center of the establishment (and it is believed that these forces have a connection within the security apparatus, including intelligence) but they can not avoid returning to Ethiopia to avoid personal risks.
The leaders also unveiled the plans in terms of below, in terms of their political work, as an opposition group, refers. They intend to form a unit with other opposition groups with the national agenda in the country. It was already discussed that AG 7 discussed a merger plan with the Semayawi party, one of the most notable opposition parties in Ethiopia.
The change underway in the country is not a question of winning or losing, for the leaders of AG 7. it is rather an opportunity to transform the country into a democracy.
AG 7 also commits to work with all the forces to ensure that the reform and change underway in the country is not reversed. The party also called on all Ethiopians to work to defend the changes in the country.
Cover photo: screenshot of the ESAT video
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