Objecting to 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 Seyoum O/Michael, the chairman of Eritrean Liberation Front-Revolutionary Council (ELF-RC), has withdrawn this morning from the meeting in Addis Abeba.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.
Mr. Seyoum 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 Alliance.
Many mediators 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 constitution. Gedab News had been told by reliable sources that the Alliance would accept with revisions?the 1997 Constitution.