Dr Merera thanked the Ambassador for the continuous support that Germany has rendered to his case. He encouraged Germany to continue its contributions to finding a lasting solution to the political challenges of the country.
<p>Barely two weeks after criminal charges against him were dropped and he was released from prison, Dr. Merera Gudina, a leading opposition member in Ethiopia has hit the ground running.</p> <p>Gudina, leader of the Oromo Federalist Congress (<span class="caps">OFC</span>) has been talking and acting politically since his release from jail on January 17, 2018. </p> <p>The German Embassy in Addis Ababa shared photos of Gudina meeting with the Ambassador on Thursday January 25. “Both had a fruitful discussion about current political developments in Ethiopia. </p> <p>“The Ambassador expressed Germany’s relief about Dr Merera’s release. She also expressed Germany’s gratitude for his relentless and peaceful commitment to fostering Ethiopia’s democracy. </p> <p>“Dr Merera thanked the Ambassador for the continuous support that Germany has rendered to his case. He encouraged Germany to continue its contributions to finding a lasting solution to the political challenges of the country,” the Embassy’s social media handle said.</p> <p>Local media showed him at the offices of the <span class="caps">OFC</span> with other leaders of the party.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr"><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Ethiopia?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Ethiopia</a>: ‘A week after his release from prison, Dr. Merera Gudina is back to work. He poses for a photo with his colleagues at the Oromo Federalist Congress (<span class="caps">OFC</span>) office’ <a href="https://t.co/uX6HeKxv6J">pic.twitter.com/uX6HeKxv6J</a></p>— Addis Gazetta (@addisgazetta) <a href="https://twitter.com/addisgazetta/status/956530282697515008?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">January 25, 2018</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>Gudina, an academic and former lawmaker, became a central figure around anti-government sentiments. He was arrested in December 2016 after he returned home from an European tour where he addressed the EU parliament over political events back home.</p> <p>The government said he was arrested for flouting a state of emergency provision by meeting anti-government elements on his tour. His initial terrorism charge was downgraded to multiple criminal charges last year.</p> <p>Addis Ababa released him after the ruling <span class="caps">EPRDF</span> coalition decided early January 2018 to drop charges against some category of politician detainees as a means of fostering national unity. Gudina and about 500 others were released on January 17, 2018.</p> <p>He has since stressed that until the government engages in meaningful dialogue with the main opposition parties, it was just a matter of time before a new round of protests break out.</p>