Both internationally and within Ethiopian civil society, the future results are already being criticized, the United States qualifying these elections as “considerably flawed”. Ethiopian civil society observers noted more than 400 incidents considered critical during the ballot.
For the Oromo Federalist Congress, this week’s poll in Ethiopia was just a “political theater”. Considered the most serious opposition force to Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed in his native region of Oromiya, he nevertheless formulated a proposal for an end to the crisis in three points on Wednesday.
First, he proposed a government of national salvation, to “reform the institutions”; second, an “inclusive and honest national political dialogue”; and third, elections “respected by all the peoples of Ethiopia” in the following year, including therefore in Tigray and wherever the ballot this year could not be held.
So far, none of his calls for dialogue have been taken seriously by the government. But the party also wants to address “the disappointed militant youth”, specifies one of its militants in exile. “We see that many of our young people prefer armed struggle since Jawar Mohamed and the others are in prison,” he says.
Tuesday, June 29 will also be commemorated the first anniversary of the assassination of the famous Oromo singer Hachalu Hundessa. It was his death that triggered the violent face-to-face with the security forces, for which Jawar Mohammed, Bekele Gerba and Hamza Borena, leaders of the Oromo Federalist Congress, are now on trial.