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Ethiopia - “We call for CUD’s renaissance” Ayele Chamiso
“We call for CUD’s renaissance” Ayele Chamiso
“The call is just to confuse the people” Temesgen Zewdie (MP)
By Kirubel Tadesse
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia - As the struggle to emerge as the recognized leader of CUD continues, Ayele Chamiso calls on the party’s former leaders and elders of the country [Ethiopia] to facilitate reconciliation among divided groups and members. Temesgen Zewdie, on his part, told Capital that the call is simply to confuse people and Ayele Chamiso could not and should not give any press statements on CUD’s behalf.
Ayele Chamiso, on Monday December 10, 2007, along side other party members gave a press conference to urge all former CUD leaders to come and work with his party which he claims is “the only existing legal party under the name CUD.” Ayele stated that CUD members, supporters and Ethiopians at large are saddened by the decision of the former leaders to run abroad before giving time to secure the legal status for the party.
Temesgen Zewdie (MP) told Capital that the call of Ayele is simply intended to confuse the people and look for propaganda gains. “What the people should know is that the guy has no business speaking on CUD’s behalf when in fact the general assembly he held to elect leaders was not accepted. He was told that he could not represent CUD.”
Replying to questions about former leaders of the CUD and Temesgen Zewdie’s status, Ayele told journalists that his party has the accreditation of the National Electoral Board. “It doesn’t say it is temporary, the certificate we have is just one step away from the original certificate which we will complete once we call a general meeting and elect leaders”, Ayele explained.
Elaborating on his party’s relationship with the former CUD leaders, Ayele said “we do not have the financial strength to invite them to lunch in big restaurants but we have announced that we are very happy. We also announced that we welcome them to join and work in our party, but that has not happened yet.” He added that there is a place for the former leaders since their popularity, political experience and influence can contribute to the nation and the party’s democratic process. He warned all other groups to stop from acting or giving press statements of any kind in CUD’s name since it is only his party that has the legitimate right to do so.
Temesgen Zewdie (MP), on his part explained to Capital that Ayele’s press statement is unlawful and does not represent the CUD. He added, Ayele is giving statements by obtaining the party’s stamp illegally. “We are awaiting the court’s decision which will be delivered on December 28, 2007.”
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