Ethiopia’s exiled Oromo party returns to engage govt

The Oromo Democratic Front (ODF), an exiled opposition group, is back in Ethiopia to engage in peaceful democratic struggle.

A five-member ODF delegation led by its leader Lencho Leta arrived on Wednesday morning at the Bole International Airport in Addis Ababa for continued political engagement with the government.

Others who arrived along with Leta included his deputy Dima Negewo; Foreign relations head Hassen Hussein and public relations head Lencho Bati.

They were welcomed on arrival by Ahmed Shide, Communication affairs minister and Abadula Gemeda, Security Advisor of the Prime Minister.

The ODF and government initiated talks in middle of this month with government calling for the party to relocate to the country and participate in the political process.

Birthed in 2013, the ODF was a breakaway from the Oromo Liberation Front (OLF) which remains a banned armed group according to government.

The ruling EPRDF coalition had in January promised political reforms in the country after about three years of anti-government protests concentrated in Oromia and Amhara regions.

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