The chairman of the Movement for Justice, Freedom and
Democracy, Dr. Berhanu Nega,told Tizita
of the Amharic service’s Democracy feature that the mission of his party is to establish
a new political system in which government power and political authority is achieved
through a peaceful and democratic process.
Dr. Berhanu, as the leader of the Coalition for Unity and
Democracy in the 2005 elections, won the popular vote to become mayor of Addis
Ababa.In the aftermath of post-election
violence in which 199 died, he was among many politicians and journalists jailed
on charges of genocide.Since his
release, he has formed a movement thatis willing to try to achieve regime change by all necessary means.
He accused the ruling Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary
Democratic Front of stealing the 2005 election, and since then of terrorizing
and weakening all opposition forces to maintain unchallenged control of the
government. Recalling his personal
political engagement with the leaders of the ruling party, Dr. Berhanu said the
current government will never agree to a peaceful transition of power and civil
Behanu said his group, Ginbot 7, will
cooperate with other organizations who believe in principle of democracy.But, he said, he will consider all means necessary,
including armed struggle, to remove “the EPRDF group” from power.
Tune in Thursday, February 26 for part 2 of his
interview.Berhanu will also be the
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