12 July 2007
A member of Ethiopia’s parliament from the Ogaden region has defected and is currently seeking political asylum in Germany.
Ato Jemal Derie Kalif told Ethiopian Review that he has been a member of the Woyanne-controlled parliament representing the Warder Zone, Geladen Constituency of the Somali region (also known as the Ogaden).
Ato Jemal was in Wiesbaden, Germany, to participate in an international conference organized by the European Union. He was a member of the 5-member delegation led by the speaker of the house that represented the Woyanne regime.
Ato Jemal said that the on going atrocities of the Woyanne regime against Ethiopians in the Ogaden regime and through out the country led to his decision to defect in protest.