ETHIOPIAN LEADER ORDERS MILITARY TO CONFRONT REGIONAL GOVT | AfriTV Online

Ethiopia’s prime minister on Wednesday ordered the military to confront one of the country’s regional governments after he said it attacked a military base overnight, citing months of provocation and incitement and declaring that the last red line has ...

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ETHIOPIAN LEADER ORDERS MILITARY TO CONFRONT REGIONAL GOVT

Published by: A. Odean
11/04/2020 10:29 AM

Ethiopia’s prime minister on Wednesday ordered the military to confront one of the country’s regional governments after he said it attacked a military base overnight, citing months of provocation and incitement and declaring that the last red line has been crossed.

 

The statement by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s office, and the reported attack by the well-armed Tigray People’s Liberation Front, immediately raised concerns that one of Africa’s most populous and powerful countries could plunge back into war.

 

Ethiopia was already stressed by a dispute with Egypt over a massive Ethiopian dam project that has drawn rare attention by President Donald Trump to Africa, and a multi-layer crisis is unfolding with the COVID-19 pandemic, deadly ethnic violence and a locust outbreak.

 

The TPLF had been the dominant part of Ethiopia’s governing coalition before Abiy took office in 2018 and announced sweeping political reforms that won him the Nobel Peace Prize last year. Those reforms however, have opened space for old ethnic and other grievances.

 

The TPLF, feeling marginalized, left the coalition last year. It remains a strong military force, observers say. There was no immediate word from the TPLF, and all internet and phone lines were cut in the northern Tigray region following the announcement. Tigray TV reported that airspace has been closed over the region.

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