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Ethiopia's PM Abiy Dealt A Blow As Defence Minister Rejects Merger Featured

Addis Ababa, Friday (Horn24) – Ethiopia's Defence Minister Lemma Megerssa has said he does not subscribe to Prime Minister Ahmed Abiy's call for  merger of the ruling EPRDF and dismantle of affiliated parties.

In an interview broadcasted by VOA Afaan Oromo late Friday Megerssa who is also the deputy  leader of the Oromo Democratic Party (ODP) said that the merger "is something that i do not agree with"

“Generally right from the start, I had informed the executive committee and all of them know in details that it was not something I agreed to" Megerssa said in the interview.

"Because I believe the merger of this party is wrong and even if it was right it is not the time for it, I have made myself not to be a part to it" he added.


"The reason I said it is wrong is , number one, the ODP leaders have promised to answer some of the big questions the Oromo people have entrusted us with. Our people gave us these question as leaders of the ODP and not to this nationally formed party. Doing this without answering these questions is wrong and it’s failing to deliver on the promises we made. So we have to first answer on the challenges they gave us.” Megerssa said.

The VOA Afaan Oromo said it will air the full interview after it has received statement from the ODP leadership.

His stance brushed with his party members who recently through the ODP General Assembly announced the dissolution of the party to join the  PM Abiy’s new political outfit  Prosperity Party.

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