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Opposition political parties taking part in the ongoing negotiation with the ruling Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) announced on Thursday the formation of a new alliance comprising of 12 opposition political parties, out of the 15 parties in the negotiation.

The Ethiopian year 2009 was quite eventful; the last 12 months have entertained many highs and lows that have set the tone for the upcoming 2010.

Prior to being appointed ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary to the US recently, Kassa Teklebirhan served as minister for federal and pastoral development affairs for the past two years.

The All Ethiopian Union Party (AEUP) and Blue Party (Blue) briefed members of the diplomatic community on various political issues, including their alliance and proposed merger, the impacts of the state of emergency (SoE) on the country’s political landscape, the upcoming Addis Ababa City Administration elections as well as their future plans, last week.

The National Electoral Board of Ethiopia (NEBE) is undertaking preparations to hold a referendum in 12 Kebeles of the Amhara Regional State to determine the long-standing self administration question of the Kimant people in the region up on the request of the House of Federations (HoF).

Following a lengthy and tiresome discussion to set the agenda, the ruling party EPRDF and some 16 opposition parties has started the formal session of so called political parties’ negotiation forum few weeks ago.

Following a lengthy and tiresome discussion to set the agenda, the ruling Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) and some 16 opposition parties started formal negotiations two weeks ago on the Revised Political Parties’ Registration Proclamation No. 573/2008. 

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