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A Newly Born Partnership

 

The Eritrean political organizations and civil society partnership built after the conference is a gradual expansion of a popular mobilization towards building vibrant civil society that stands against the dictatorship. A number of developments have contributed to this formation preceding the conference such as the formation of networks between the various civil society organizations in Europe, USA, Canada and Australia. These experiences contributed to the formation of partnership between political organizations and civil societies which joined their efforts in order to end oppression and build a multi-ethnic democracy in Eritrea.

 

The expansion of these dimensions in the partnership is a reflection of a new era in Eritrean politics, which is profoundly influenced by the new struggles that aims to transform Eritrea from dictatorship to democracy. New ideas and complex demands on organizing a state have been discussed by the Eritrean elites but still did not reach to a common understanding. Democratic changes cannot come without the participation of the people in any country. The agenda of Eritrean national conference for democratic change were integrated and are the current conflict issues of the Eritrean political life (national unity, modes of transition, Charter, Interim Constitution) which are the pillars of the roadmap.

 

The conference has dealt with the challenges it faces and opted for the modalities and options to strengthen the democratic process and promote the culture of democracy in Eritrea. The partnership is entering a new era and the conference has, to a large extent, covered an uncharted territory.

 

The unique contractual nature of the cooperation, the culture of partnership guiding the conference relations and the ambition of both the political and civic society representatives to build a strong opposition promoting democratic principles, empowering the citizens, and advancing the freedom of the Eritrean people from dictatorship together is an innovative approach to practicing joint civil governance on issues of common interest. This dimension of cooperation seen at the conference is now expected to play an important role in the coming national congress.  The meetings run by the Eritrean National Commission for Democratic Change is one of the evidences that Eritreans are capable to run good governance and democracy.

 

Much of the debates and negotiations about the future of the political and civil society focus on two issues: the formulation of the "essential elements" of the partnership which form the basis of the political cooperation and the joint struggle against dictatorship. In a way these two points constitute the backbone of the partnership. However, there remains a vast Eritrean population inside Eritrea that supports democratic changes in sustainable manner. This requires innovative thinking and new approaches. The conference’s papers on a future and united front calls for renewed commitment to partnership, based  on a new policy foundations and more effective dialogue backed by commitment from political and civil society organizations with greater flexibility in implementation.

 

 

 


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