Negotiating parties to hear responses of EPRDF on anti-terrorism law next week

Addis Ababa, January 11, 2018 (FBC) –Political parties that are negotiating on the anti-terrorism law of Ethiopia concluded today’s meeting by setting of a date to hear responses of the ruling party for their proposal regarding the law.

The parties said the law is necessary for the country. But they tabled a proposal which they thought is important to amend, scrap and add articles in the anti-terrorism law.

The All Ethiopian National Movement, the Geda System Advancement Party and the All Oromo Democratic Party, which constitute the group of 11 parties, suggested the law to be amended stating that “it is against the constitution”.

The Ethiopian Raei party for its part suggested the law to be fully dumped and be replaced by another one.

The parties agreed to meet next week to hear the response of the ruling party, the Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF).

They also requested the ruling party for explanation on the progress of the decisions taken by the four member parts of EPRDF to release some imprisoned politicians and other individuals.

The ruling party for its part expressed its willingness to give response for the questions of the parties based on the time table to be arranged by the negotiators.

Translated and posted by Amare Asrat