March 25, 2016

ASMARA (ONA) – The Peoples’ Alliance for Freedom and Democracy (PAFD) has been deliberating an important high level international conference in the Eritrean capital, Asmara for last several days.

PAFD, founded and inaugurated on 23 October, 2015 in Oslo, Norway, is comprised of five armed national liberation movements – Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF), Oromo Liberation Front (OLF), Sidama National Liberation Front (SNLF), Benishangul People’s Liberation Movement (BPLM), Gambela People’s Liberation Movement (GPLM), all of whom are engaged in national liberation struggles against the Addis Ababa regime in Ethiopia.

The conference, being convened and participated by all founding members of PAFD, is also attended by various dignitaries, including ambassadors, government representatives and high profile eminent persons. The Ogaden News Agency has confirmed that the primary objective of the meeting is to create a General Council, an Executive Committee, and comprehensive strategy and plan of action for the Alliance.

The leaderships of the founding fronts – Admiral Mohamed O. Osman, chairman of ONLF; Daud Ibsa, chairman of OLF; Betana Hotesso, chairman of SNLF; Abdulwahab Mahdi, chairman of BPLM; and Okello Okidi, chairman of GPLM, all converged at the strategically located Horn of Africa country to lead and preside over the Alliance’s efforts to create an effective, efficient, cohesive and objective framework for the grand movement.

The Alliance represents the long oppressed and neglected, but resilient peoples of Ogaden, Oromia, Sidama, Benishangul and Gambela, who together make up more than 65% of the population of Ethiopia. It is also home to Africa’s and perhaps world’s longest and most abandoned armed political conflict – Ogaden.

The PAFD, as stated in its own declaration, strives “through the peoples’ power to dismantle the outmoded hegemonic culture of a single [TPLF] group dominating the rest [of Ethiopians] and will establish and a new, just political order that derive[s] its legal authority through effective, democratically elected organs and legal processes that are based on a pluralist consensus and authentic exercise of [national] self-determination where both individual and people’s rights are fully respected.”



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