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Eritrea opposition vows to oust regime, establish federal system

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By Tesfa-Alem Tekle

August 13, 2014 (SEMERA, ETHIOPIA) – An Eritrean opposition group, Red Sea Afar Democratic Organisation (RSADO) on Tuesday vow to step up military attacks to topple the current repressive rule in the East African nation.

The opposition political organisation held a three day conference in Ethiopia Afar region’s Semera town where participants discussed a framework of government should they succeed to remove the current President Isaias Afwerki led government in Asmara.

RSADO leaders told Sudan Tribune that the armed wing of the group was more than ever strengthened and ready to launch full-scale military attacks to unseat the Eritrean leader and turn the red sea nation into a democratic federal state.

As the ultimate outcome of the struggle, the Semera conference declared to draft a new constitution and establish a federal system of governance in Eritrea which participants’ believed would guarantee democracy, self-governance and equal rights of the different nations and ethnic groups.

The conference agreed on the urgent removal of the ‘dictatorial’ rule calling on other Eritrean opposition groups to collectively launch attacks to curtail the life of the 23 years old regime.

The group, on the other hand, accused the Eritrean government of further intensifying an “ethnic cleansing” strategy against Afar minorities.

The group alleges that thousands of Eritrean Afars had been killed and many others were subjected to extradition and forced displacement.

“RSADO is committed to end the regime’s repression and atrocities right now rather than later” the group said in a communiqué.

The opposition group blamed the international community of giving “deaf ears” to the ongoing atrocities by the regime against the Afars and other Eritreans.

The conference brought together over 500 participants including political leaders, executive members of RSADO, Red Sea Afar youth and women league, elders, representatives of refugees, civic societies, international observers as well as Afar Diasporas.

The ruling People’s Front for Democracy and Justice (PFDJ), is the only legal party in the secretive nation which is functioning since the country proclaimed independence in 1991 after 32-year long civil war with neighbouring Ethiopia.

Afwerki, who assumed power in 1991 remains to be the leader of the country, making him one among the very few remaining dictators in Africa.

The regime has ‘zero tolerance’ to dissent. Any citizen who attempts to criticize the government is considered as traitor or spy of arch foe Ethiopia and will be thrown to indefinite jail term or could be punished by death without court ruling.

On the 23rd independent anniversary celebrated last May, president Isaias Afwerki pledged to draft a new constitution.

However opposition groups have downplayed the pledge saying “business as usual”

RSADO officials told Sudan Tribune that it rather was a start to a second chapter of oppression and dictatorship under the pretext of new constitution.

The group was founded in 1998 to stand for the rights of the Afar people including to the respect of self determination up to secession.

Militarily, RSADO is relatively considered stronger than the other Eritrean rebel groups.

In the past its armed wing has carried out a number of successful attacks against the Eritrean government army.

(ST)

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  • 14 August 2014 08:46, by magic

    There is no difference between Ethiopia and Eriteria. Both countries have dictators that ruled for 23 years. Both have no democatically elected government, both don’t have free media, both have economy highly influenced by ruling party. Both are blaming each other supporting otherside’s opposition. Both are killing and detaining the oppositions, jounalists and bloggers.Let these countries cry together.

    I don’t see any difference between these two countries. Other countries even our Sudan is better than these countries.

    repondre message

  • 14 August 2014 08:47, by magic

    There is no difference between Ethiopia and Eriteria. Both countries have dictators that ruled for 23 years. Both have no democatically elected government, both don’t have free media, both have economy highly influenced by ruling party. Both are blaming each other supporting otherside’s opposition. Both are killing and detaining the oppositions, jounalists and bloggers.Let these countries cry together.

    I don’t see any difference between these two countries. Other countries even our Sudan is better than these countries.

    repondre message

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