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Ethiopian party wants constitutional change among unrest



A opposition party in Ethiopia on Tuesday called for a constitutional amendment, saying that the state party was partly responsible for all possibility of a regional ethnicity based on regional state since last Thursday.

The news came at a news conference held by officials of the Ethiopian Social Justice Party on Tuesday.

The party's general secretary-general, Abebe Acalu, said part of the ethnic-rights-based constitution should be amended to focus on unity and national cohesion and not divide it.

He said that not all donations of the constitution were bad; "[…] A part of the constitution that provides human rights is excellent. "

Since Thursday, dozens of people were killed in security clashes and many others injured in the city of Havassa, 270 kilometers (167 miles) south of the capital Adis Ababa, as the Sidama ethnic group push for regional statehood.

Meanwhile, Ethiopian Citizens for Social Justice Party said the violence in the Southern peoples, nationalities and peoples of state is not directly linked to the demands of the Sidama ethnic group.

The people who have nothing to do with the country, are assassinated and their property is destroyed, the party said in a statement.

"We do not believe that the problem of statehood would be resolved through the use of force," he added.

The Ethiopian constitution gives ethnic groups the right to self-administration until cessation and allows ethnic groups to demand breakeven regional state when they deem it desirable.

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