Daud Ibsa, the Chairperson of the Oromo Liberation Front (OLF), told DW news that his party is withdrawing from the Ethiopian elections scheduled for June 2021. This is HUGE and it is impossible to overemphasize the significance of this announcement.
Obbo Daud compares the harassment and intimidation that compelled the party to come to this conclusion to what OLF faced during the transitional period which eventually forced them to leave the country.
The other opposition Oromo party, the Oromo Federalist Congress (OFC) has also been warning that it will not participate in the election unless the ruling party’s authoritarian stranglehold ceases, their jailed leaders released, and the political space widened to allow for a free and competitive election.
The hope for a fair and free election has completely dashed. The opportunities for a new beginning that many hoped for totally wasted. The conditions of possibility opened up for a democratic future by the Oromo protests now entirely closed. Country in a state of civil war, with two foreign armies occupying it territory.