September 5, 2001
ABABA, September 5 (Xinhuanet) -- Ethiopian President
Negaso Gidada has withdrawn his membership from the
Oromo People's Democratic Organization (OPDO), one of
the four parties which form the ruling Ethiopian People's
Revolutionary Democratic Front, the weekly Reporter
newspaper said on Wednesday.
a letter revealed to the OPDO, the president, who had
been a member of the organization since 1991, put forward
eight reasons for his leaving, saying "as everybody
knows, I have been doing everything in my power to advance
the aims and objectives of the OPDO by becoming its
member of my own free will. And, in accordance with
article 7 of the bylaws of the organization, I had been
trying my best to shoulder my responsibilities adequately."
kicked out of the central committee of the OPDO last
June, officially announced his withdrawal from membership
of the OPDO on August 28, according to the newspaper.
whose presidential term will be expired in September,
is reportedly considering to organize a new party in
Ethiopia after he steps down from the post of president.