Supporters said the agreement was inked in the spirit of the current ongoing nationwide protests where protesters from all corners of the country have displayed solidarity against the Government in Addis Ababa. According to sources, the ODF-PG7 coalition is meant to create an ideological platform for a new transitional government after the removal of the current government controlled by the Tigrayan People’s Liberation Front (TPLF).
ODF Chairman Dr. Leenco Lata and PG7 Chairman Dr. Berhanu Nega declared the new movement is currently not a military alliance, but a grassroots organizational and ideological alliance. Leenco was the founder and previous leader of the Oromo Liberation Front (OLF). Berhanu Naga was the former Mayor of Addis Ababa and the ex leader of the Coalition for Unity and Democracy (CUD) party which won the 2005 disputed national election.
Analysts say the ODF represents the Oromos, the largest ethnic group in the country, as well as other rural groups who advocate ethnic-nationalism based institutions. Meanwhile, the PG7 represents Amharas, Gurages, the mixed people and other urban Ethiopians who support Ethiopian nationalism.
The agreement signed by the two groups says “all identities in Ethiopia” will have proportional representation in the federal arrangement; including the mixed urban people and Ethiopian nationalists who have been excluded and marginalized the last 25 years under the current government.
The Two parties have agreed to let the Ethiopian people vote, compromise and decide on the future arrangement of Ethiopia after the removal of the current TPLF government.
They also published a statement Thursday, announcing that the “primary objective of this alliance shall be bringing an end to tyranny and paving the way & laying the ground work for a democratic transition of power in Ethiopia.”
SomalilandPress was not able to get more details about this new coalition that many observers said was historic.