TPLF says allegations of merger talks with Prosperity Party “completely untrue”

Mekelle:  24 April 2024 (Tigray Herald)

TPLF says allegations of merger talks with Prosperity Party “completely untrue”

The Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) has issued a statement this afternoon refuting allegations on local media that the party was in talks with the ruling Prosperity Party (PP) for a possible merger, and said the claim is “completely untrue.” 

TPLF’s statement came in the wake of local media reports that the TPLF was negotiating with Prosperity Party for a potential merger. In response, the party said that the talks that were held with the ruling party officials were “aimed at expanding and deepening the relative peace that has emerged since the Pretoria agreement.”

The TPLF and Prosperity Party “have fundamental differences” in their ideologies and goals, TPLF said, adding that despite the differences, there are many issues that the two parties need to discuss. “The claim that talks have been started to join the PP is completely untrue.”

It is recalled that on 13 April, senior party representatives from PP and TPLF sides met in Addis Abeba as part of continuing the party-to-party dialogue that kicked of between the two parties on 02 April in Mekelle, the capital of Tigray region. 

During the meeting in Addis Abeba, the two sides “have agreed on the principles of party-to-party discussion and have started identifying the agenda for the next discussion,” according to state media.

Source፡Addis Standard

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