The Ethiopia Federal Attorney General has dropped charges against two prominent exiled opposition figures, Jawar Mohammed and Berhanu Nega, state affiliated media outlet Radio Fana reported on Tuesday.

Jawar Mohammed, is an influential ethnic Oromo activist based in the U.S., who has been blamed by the Ethiopian government for stoking unrest in Ethiopia’s most populous regional state Oromia.

Ethnic Oromos who make up about a third of Ethiopia’s estimated 100 million population accuse successive Ethiopian governments of economic and political marginalization of their community.

Oromia regional state, which along with Amhara regional state, accounts for about 65 percent of Ethiopia’s estimated 100 million population, has witnessed persistent deadly protests since 2016, fueling fears about the stability of East Africa’s largest economy.

The protests have shaken the hold of the ruling coalition Ethiopian People Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) which has been ruling Ethiopia for close to 27 years.

Berhanu Nega, leads a rebel group Ginbot 7, based mainly in Ethiopia’s arch-rival Eritrea. The rebel group has been labelled as a terrorist group by the Ethiopian Parliament. Enditem


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