Ethiopian dissidents to form National Transitional Council
Friday, March 9th, 2012
by ARGAW ASHINE, Africa Review
http://ecadforum.com/articles/2012/03/0 ... l-council/
Ethiopian dissidents have moved to form a Libya-style National Transitional Council in an attempt to unseat long-time Ethiopian dissidents have moved to form a Libya-style National Transitional Council in an attempt to unseat long-time premier Meles Zenawi's government.premier Meles Zenawi’s government.
The pro-revolution council, which counts exiled opposition politicians, scholars, activists and traders among its ranks, says it hopes to fill the “leadership vacuum” until a “democratically-elected” administration is installed.
The council’s presumed leader, Dr Fisseha Eshetu, said the group would look to form a caretaker government after removing the current administration.
Dr Fisseha is a well-known businessman who recently fled Ethiopia and was the founder and former owner of the country’s first private university.
He said the council would consist of representatives of politicians and “like-minded” citizens willing to work towards “democracy and justice” in Ethiopia.
“This is not a political party, this is a forum to coordinate and support the struggle carried out by all stakeholders for regime change,” he told this reporter.
Dr Fisseha at one time run a short-lived private media outlet. He sold his Unity University in 2008 over what was reported as financial challenges.
According to the businessman, who says that “change is imminent in Ethiopia, the council is set for its official launch at the end of this month in the United States.