Mr. Herui T. Bairou's nomination for the leadership of
the Alliance of Eritrean National Forces (AENF), Mr. Seyoum
O/Michael, the chairman of Eritrean Liberation
Front-Revolutionary Council (ELF-RC), has withdrawn this
morning from the meeting in Addis Abeba. The ELF-RC is
one of a dozen member organizations of the opposition umbrella
movement, the Alliance.
O/Michael stated that Mr. Herui T Bairou, who joined the
Alliance less than a month ago, is too recent of a member to
effectively lead the Alliance. As reported
previously by Gedab News, the Alliance has nominated Herui T.
Bairou and Abdella Idris of the Eritrean Liberation
Front (ELF) as the Chairman and vice Chair of the
attempted to get Seyoum O/Michael to reconsider his decision,
all to no avail.
The meeting, which has been partly attended by
delegates from neighboring countries, Europe and the United
States, is expected to adjourn Monday evening.
The Alliance has
agreed to unify its military wing under one command. The execution of this
agreement is reportedly based on two phases, which will
include confidence-building measures for some member
organizations who wanted firmer assurances. The final resolution is
reported to make no references to Eritrea's 1997
Gedab News had been told by reliable sources that the
Alliance would accept with revisions?the 1997 Constitution.
The last time the two prominent Eritreans
were elected to similar positions was at the first congress of
the ELF, in 1971, when Herui T Bairou and Abdella Idris were
elected the Executive Vice President and Head of Military
At the time, Mr. Seyoum O/Michael was serving a
ten-year sentence in an Ethiopian jail for his role in
organizing the student movement of the mid-sixties.
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representatives of Movement for Democracy and Change (MDC) and
Eritrean People?a1?s Liberation Front-Democratic Party
(EPLF-DP) issued a joint resolution agreeing to work together
to speed up the struggle for justice, and to create an
environment of Peace and tranquility for Eritreans. Mr. Semere
Kesete, the former president of Asmara University student
union who fled in July from an Eritrean jail after a year in
detention without charges, and Mr. Mussie Ephrem, a
citizen who gained prominence by suing the government of
Eritrea for violating Eritreans?human rights, represented
EPLF-DP was represented by Mr. Mesfin Hagos, a
member of the PFDJ Reformers movement (G-15), who escaped
arrest because he was on a medical-related visit to the
United States. in September 18, when eleven of his
colleagues were detained by the government.