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The Ethiopian federal government on Wednesday urged ex-rebel movement Oromo Liberation Front (OLF) to disarm its fighters.

“The need for OLF and all other political groups to disarm, to engage in peaceful discourse is a non-negotiable stance of the government which has responsibility to ensure respect for the rule of law and security of its citizens,” the Federal Government Communications Affairs Office (GCAO) said in a statement.

The Ethiopian government has invited various political groups and rebel movements to participate in the country’s democratic process in a bid to foster political reconciliation and consensus, the statement said.

However, the statement said, OLF has yet to disarm all of its fighters, a precondition for all political groups to participate in peaceful political struggle in Ethiopia