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Ethiopia's ex-rebel group Ginbot 7 returns from Eritrea base

Ethiopia's ex-rebel group Ginbot 7 returns from Eritrea base

Ethiopia

<p>A famed Ethiopian opposition group, Patriotic Ginbot 7, have officially returned to the country from their base in neighbouring Eritrea.</p> <p>State-run Fana broadcasting corporate reported that the group crossed into Ethiopia via the town of Humera on Saturday. </p> <p>Humera is located in the northern Tigray region that shares a long border with Eritrea. Photos shared by Fana showed ‘ex-fighters’ in trucks waving Ethiopian and Eritrean flags. </p> <p>The group until July 2018 were considered a terrorist organization by the Ethiopian government. Parliament voted to lift that label on the group and others like the Oromo Liberation Front (<span class="caps">OLF</span>) and the Ogaden National Liberation Front (<span class="caps">ONLF</span>).</p> <iframe src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/post.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fafricanews.channel%2Fposts%2F1900926156637889&width=500" width="500" height="506" style="border:none;overflow:hidden" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowTransparency="true" allow="encrypted-media"></iframe> <p>Earlier in June, the group had announced a unilateral ceasefire – suspended all armed operations – with the view to engage in peaceful struggle.</p> <p>The return marks an end to PG7’s armed struggle against Addis Ababa in the wake of political reforms launched by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed.</p> <p>Under the Abiy administration, one of its top officials Andergachew Tsige was pardoned despite being on death row. Abiy also met leader Berhanu Nega during a visit to the United States in August.</p> <p>The government said it had reached an agreement with key opposition parties over disarmament, demobilization and reintegration of ex-rebels. </p> <h2 style="font-size:16px;"><a href="http://www.africanews.com/tag/ethiopia/" target="_blank"> <span class="caps">CLICK</span> <span class="caps">HERE</span> for more news items on Ethiopia </a></h2> <a href="https://twitter.com/AlfaAfrican" class="twitter-follow-button" data-show-count="false">@alfaafrican</a><script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>
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