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UNCLAS ADDIS ABABA 001746

UNCLASS
SIPDIS

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PGOV KDEM PHUM ET
SUBJECT: "FORUM FOR DEMOCRATIC DIALOGUE IN ETHIOPIA": A NEW
OPPOSITION COALITION

1. (U) On June 24, 2008, representatives from the United Ethiopian
Democratic Forces (UEDF), Oromo Federalist Democratic Movement
(OFDM), Somali Democratic Alliance Forces (SDAF), Arena Tigray for
Democracy and Sovereignty (Arena), former President of Ethiopia Dr.
Negasso Gidada, and former Defense Minister and ruling party Central
Committee member Seeye Abraha formed the "Forum For Democratic
Dialogue in Ethiopia". Participants report creating the Forum in
response to the failure of the Ethiopian People's Revolutionary
Democratic Front (EPRDF) to deliver promised human and democratic
rights to the people. Citing the high levels of poverty, widespread
hunger, and continuous ethnic clashes, the Forum argued for the need
for new political leadership. Unlike Ethiopia's tradition of
fractured opposition movements, the Forum is a diverse group of
opposition parties united by a common political agenda to exert
pressure on the ruling party and government to create a conducive
political environment for free and fair elections and plan a common
strategy for the forthcoming local and national elections of 2010.

2. (U) The primary goal of the Forum is to present a unified and
significant challenge to the EPDRF in the 2010 elections. In
accordance with this goal, the Forum plans to organize discussions
and debates around fundamental issues to identify common political
platforms on which all parties in the Forum can adopt. It seeks to
mobilize the people of Ethiopia to seek solutions to pressing
national and local issues through peaceful and legal means of
recourse.

COMMENT
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3. (SBU) The formation of such a diverse and viable opposition
movement within Ethiopia is unprecedented and highly significant.
The coalition's members are very influential leaders within their
communities, and their coming together could mark an opportunity to
move beyond the tradition of splintered opposition groups unable to
dislodge the EPDRF. Like the still-born Alliance for Freedom and
Democracy established by diaspora opposition groups, including
insurgent groups in May 2006, the Forum's inclusion of Oromos and
Amharas together with Somalis and former ruling party Central
Committee members will certainly be viewed by the GoE as a threat.
The fact that domestically operational, legal opposition groups have
established this group within Ethiopia is particularly notable.
Post will follow the development of the Forum closely in coming
weeks and months.

YAMAMOTO

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