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Ethiopia PM meets leaders of ex-Ogaden rebels in Addis Ababa

Ethiopia PM meets leaders of ex-Ogaden rebels in Addis Ababa

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<p>Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed on Tuesday held talks with leadership of the country’s former rebel group, the Ogaden National Liberation Front, <span class="caps">ONLF</span>.</p> <p>Even though <span class="caps">ONLF</span> and the office of the Premier have yet to confirm the meeting, Harun Maruf, a <span class="caps">VOA</span> journalist who extensively covers the Horn of Africa said the meeting took place in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa.</p> <p>In Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed holds first official meeting with <span class="caps">ONLF</span> leadership delegation led by chairman Mohamed Omar Osman and six members of the executive committee, he said in a tweet.</p> <p>It is the first meeting between the two parties since <span class="caps">ONLF</span> fighters and leaders returned to the country from their base in Eritrea.</p> <p>The group in January lauded the efforts of the PM in restoring peace to the Ogaden region – i.e. the eastern Somali Regional State, <span class="caps">SRS</span>.</p> <p>Abiy has also kept close contact with the region, officially meeting the regional president, Mustafa Omer, and president of the governing party, Finance Minister Ahmed Shide; to help resolve an intra-party friction.</p> <p>The former <span class="caps">SRS</span> president Abdi Mohamoud and other top officials are currently the subject of judicial processes with charges of inciting violence and gross human rights abuse. </p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">We African don’t normally appreciate the good effort of our leaders. However, <span class="caps">ONLF</span> recognises the real, credible and positive democratic change that is happening in <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Ethiopia?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Ethiopia</a>. This change is attributed to the open minded P M of <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Ethiopia?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Ethiopia</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Abiy?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Abiy</a>. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/ONLF?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#ONLF</a> calls all to protect it.</p>— <span class="caps">ONLF</span> (@ONLFofficial) <a href="https://twitter.com/ONLFofficial/status/1090211361538428929?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">January 29, 2019</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>
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