The president of the All-Ethiopian People’s party, Hailu Shewal, claimed during an interview that “thousands of people from multi-ethnic communities have attended his party’s political rallies in many parts of Ethiopia."
Hailu is a major figure in opposition politics that are heating up in the final weeks before the 23 May national parliamentary election. Hailu talked to reporters following a campaign event in Addis Ababa on Thursday.
In other pre-vote activities, one of Hailu’s opponents, Lidetu Ayale of the Ethiopian Democratic Party, complained that all of the opposition parties are beginning to sound alike. Lidetu says the government and the ruling Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Democratic Front portrays all of the opposition parties as having the same political platform, but they don’t.
“The public should be given the opportunity to know the differences on issues among opposition parties,” said Lidetu.