July 18, 2019 / 10:57 AM / a month ago

Activists from Sidama ethnic group in Ethiopia to delay declaring new region

ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - The head of a political party representing some of Ethiopia’s ethnic Sidama people said on Thursday it would postpone plans to declare a new region in defiance of the federal government and would accept the offer of a referendum in five months’ time.

“Now the most important thing is peace for our people,” Million Tumato, president of the Sidama Liberation Movement Party, told Reuters. “Still the five months timeline is not specific as it doesn’t indicate when the referendum will take place.”

Reporting by Dawit Endeshaw; writing by Omar Mohammed; Editing by Gareth Jones

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