New Ethiopia Opposition Coalition Envisions Regime Change

Leaders call press conference at National Press Club

EMN leaders at launching ceremony, Double Tree Hotel, Silver Spring, MD

​​​The Ethiopian National Movement (ENM) was launched on Sunday, October 30, after months of negotiations among four political parties that formed the coalition to lead and coordinate the struggle of the Ethiopian people for justice, freedom and democracy.

Formed by the Patriotic Ginbot 7 Movement for Unity and Democracy, Oromo Democratic Front, Afar People’s Party and Sidama People’s Democratic Movement, ENM strongly condemns the killings, mass incarcerations and atrocities being committed against innocent civilians. It believes that the unjust rule of the brutal minority regime, which has declared a state of emergency to crush popular demand for change, is no longer sustainable.

Ethiopians can no longer tolerate injustice, inequality and violations of their inalienable rights. They are saying enough is enough.

ENM strives to create a peaceful transition in Ethiopia on the tombs of the dictatorial Tigrian minority regime, which has been inflicting unimaginable sufferings on the people of Ethiopia. The coalition also urges the U.S. Government and other Western countries to work with change agents such ENM instead of providing unconditional aid to a regime that is terrorizing its own people.

EMN envisions a truly federal democratic system that respects human, political and civil rights of all Ethiopians.  ENM firmly believes in the necessity of creating a peaceful transition to enable citizens fully exercise their rights and create an all-inclusive government through a democratic process.

The coalition is in negotiation with other opposition political groups in a bid to create a larger and broad based movement for democratic change.

To introduce its program as well as its visions, missions and strategies to hasten radical political and socio-economic changes in Ethiopia, leaders of ENM and leading activists will hold a press conference at the National Press Club, 529 14th Street NW Washington, DC 20045

Venue: 13th Floor, First Amendment Lounge

Date: Friday, November 4, 2016

Time: 12:15 pm-2:30 pm

Speaking at the conference and available for one on one interview afterwards are:

Mr. Lencho Leta--ODF President and co-chairman of the Council of Representatives (CR) of EMN

Dr. Dima Nogo--ODF Vice President and Chairman of the Executive Council (EC) and General Secretary of ENM’s Council of Representatives

Dr. Kontie Moussa--Chairman of the Afar People's Party and Founding Member of the Ethiopian National Movement

Mr. Muluneh Eyoel--Member of the Leadership of Patriotic Ginbot 7 Movement for Unity and Democracy - Founding Member of the Ethiopian National Movement

Mr. Bekele Wayu--Chairman of the Sidama People's National Democratic Movement - Founding Member of the Ethiopian National Movement

Mr. Haile-Gebriel Ayalew--Observer-based on a special arrangement to have unofficial representation for the Amhara people's voice in the formation of the National Ethiopian Movement

Award-winning activist and journalist Reeyot Alemu, is a producer with the Ethiopian Satellite Television and Radio, ESAT. She was unjustly jailed for four years under trumped-up terrorism changes for being a vocal critic of the regime, one of the top-five jailers of journalists in the world. Reeyot won, among others, the UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize in 2013 and the International Women's Media Foundation's Courage in Journalism Award in 2012.

Media requests and further information:
Tel. 240 205 1192

Source: Ethiopian National Movement

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Ethiopian National Movement, aimed at bring about radical change in Ethiopia

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