One of Ethiopia's major opposition parties remains divided
as one group elects a new chairman and tells officers of the other faction to
A longtime human rights advocate, Mesfin Woldemariam,
was elected vice chairman of Unity for Democracy and Justice this week. The chair of the party is lawyer Birtukan
Medeksa who is serving a life sentence in prison on treason charges.
One of Mesfin's first acts in office was to declare that
another party of the same name is not the true UDJ.
Mesfin's position was supported in a UDJ press statement
issued by Andualem Arage last Friday charging that a faction led by Hailu Araya
and Gezchew Shiferaw is not a true UDJ group.
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Listen to an interview with Andualem and Hailu in