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Political parties in Oromia agree to establish a forum

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Addis Ababa, December 6, 2018 (FBC) – Fourteen political parties operating in Oromia regional state have agreed to establish a forum where they will come together to discuss cooperation.

According to a press conference issued by leaders of ODP, OFC, and OLF at the end of a consultation held today, the forum will also help political parties to resolve their differences through dialogue.

Deputy Chairman of the Oromo Democratic Party (ODP) and Chief of Oromia regional state, Lemma Megersa, said the regional state is working to ensure the rule of law and effective protection of the residents.

Lemma called on political parties and the resident to stand united against those force that are striving to make the Oromia regional state a conflict zone.

Chairman of the Oromo Federalist Congress (OFC), Dr Merera Gudnia, stated how important is the strong unity of the youth and the public to safeguard the current hard-fought victory.

Political parties also need to strengthen their unity and resolve their differences through dialogue, Dr Merera added.

Chairman of the Oromo Liberation Front (OLF), Dawd Ibsa, for his part said unity between political parties is the only possible way to address the problem of the people.

“We should unite or cooperate to ensure that the people are benefited from development gains,” the chairman said.

He further said “we will fulfill our responsibilities in assisting government’s efforts to ensure the rule of law.”