|Formation of Eritrean Solidarity Front Announced|
|Awate - Gedab News|
|By Gedab News - May 03, 2009|
The ESF emphasized that the solidarity is not a substitute for the Eritrean Democratic Alliance and is not directed against anyone but the People's Front for Democracy & Justice (PFDJ).
In a press conference called by the ESF on Saturday evening, where the media cadres and representatives of opposition political organizations as well as the independent media centers were present, the election of Sheikh Abu Suhail, Mohammed Ahmed Saleh, the Secretary-General of the Islah movement, as Chairman of the first session was announced.
In a statement distributed to the press after the conference, the ESF identified its major goals:
In a speech he delivered at the conference, the chairman, Sheikh Abu Suhail mentioned that the announcement of the Solidarity is intended to narrow the fragmented size of the opposition and to strengthen its effectiveness. He further indicated that the Isaias regime is not only dictatorial, but it carries out a project that targets the nation, its culture, its religion, its heritage and its land, stating that the declaration of ESF is formed to challenge this project. He emphasized that the ESF does not eliminate the individuality of organizations and is not a substitute for the EDA; its targets is the PFDJ in Eritrea.
Asked whether the idea of solidarity was in reaction to the unitary steps being taken by the Eritrean People's Party & The Eritrean Democratic Party, Hussien Khelifa, the leader of the Eritrean Liberation Front, said that ESF is a result of four years of consultations. He further stated that the Solidarity has called on The Eritrean Islamic Congress and Nahda Party to join the solidarity, and that the two organizations are studying the proposal.
Abu Suhail indicated that the ESF plans to hold a general congress in which civil societies and individuals who agree with the ESF’s program, after one year from which an entity that works for an inclusive system of governance would be created.
The leadership of the ESF is composed of twelve persons, each member organization is represented by three of its leaders.
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