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Protesters take to streets to declare new Ethiopia region

HAWASSA: A political party representing some of Ethiopia’s ethnic Sidama people said on Thursday it would postpone plans to set up a new region in defiance of the federal government and would accept the offer of a referendum in five months’ time.
The plan to declare a new region would be a direct challenge to the federal government and could encourage eight other ethnic groups to make similar demands. “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.” (Reuters)

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