Ethiopia: opposition figure seeks political asylum in the United States

One of the main opponents of Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, Ethiopian political figure Bekele Gerba, has applied for political asylum in the United States, he told AFP on Monday, denouncing the deteriorating political situation in Ethiopia and saying he feared for his life.

Released in January 2022 after 18 months in prison, Mr Bekele said on Monday that he had resigned from his post as vice-president of the Oromo Federalist Congress (OFC), the main opposition party representing this ethnic group.

The Oromo are the most numerous people in Ethiopia, a federal country divided into regional states along ethno-linguistic lines.”I […]

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