The Ethiopian government is due to meet with leadership of an exiled opposition party for further political talks, chief of staff of the Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed confirmed on Tuesday. ODF said at the time that a team from its end had met a high-level delegation from government and that it was due to dispatch a delegation to Addis Ababa for further talks. The ODF was established in 2013 having broken away from the country’s oldest opposition political party, the Oromo Liberation Front (OLF) – the latter remains a banned group under the law. But in mid-February, a state of emergency was imposed a day after then Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn resigned. He was sworn into office on April 2 but has yet to comment publicly on the state of emergency.