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World Ethiopia’s Tigray blocks general’s appointment in blow to Abiy

12:55  30 october  2020
12:55  30 october  2020 Source:   aljazeera.com

Ethiopia PM orders military response to 'attack'

  Ethiopia PM orders military response to 'attack' Abiy Ahmed accuses the Tigray People's Liberation Front of launching an attack on an army base.Mr Abiy accused the region's ruling party, the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF), of launching the attack.

Tigray ' s ruling party, the Tigray People' s Liberation Front (TPLF), led the armed struggle to topple the brutal communist Derg regime in 1991. But that ended after anti-government protests swept Abiy to power in 2018. TPLF leaders complain they have since been unfairly targeted in corruption

Ethiopia - Wikipedia Ethiopia officially the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia is a country located in the Horn of Africa. It shares borders with Eritrea to the north and northeast, Djibouti and Somalia to the east, Sudan and South Sudan to the west, and Kenya to the south.

A brigadier general has been blocked from taking up a posting in Ethiopia’s northern Tigray region, an official said on Friday, escalating a dispute between the region and Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s government that analysts warn could turn violent.

a person standing in front of a fence: Under Abiy, Tigrayan leaders have complained of being unfairly targeted in corruption prosecutions, removed from top positions [File: Eduardo Soteras/AFP] © Under Abiy, Tigrayan leaders have complained of being unfairly targeted in corruption prosecutions, ... Under Abiy, Tigrayan leaders have complained of being unfairly targeted in corruption prosecutions, removed from top positions [File: Eduardo Soteras/AFP]

The military officer flew on Thursday from the capital Addis Ababa to Tigray for his new assignment but returned after being informed “his appointment would not be considered legitimate”, said Getachew Reda, a senior official with the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), the regional governing party.

Ethiopia MPs back state of emergency in Tigray amid military campaign

  Ethiopia MPs back state of emergency in Tigray amid military campaign Ethiopian lawmakers on Thursday endorsed a six-month state of emergency in the northern region of Tigray, a day after Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed ordered military operations there in an escalation of a long-running feud. The move is part of an attempt by Abiy, winner of last year's Nobel Peace Prize, to assert federal control over a region whose ruling party has openly defied him for months and brands him as illegitimate. The lower house ofThe move is part of an attempt by Abiy, winner of last year's Nobel Peace Prize, to assert federal control over a region whose ruling party has openly defied him for months and brands him as illegitimate.

Ethiopia this week confirmed it is postponing its general elections by at least nine months, citing the risks posed by Covid-19. Abiy Ahmed had been lauded for ground-breaking initiatives to usher in political reform in a country with a long history of authoritarian rule.

Ethiopia , in the Horn of Africa, is a rugged, landlocked country split by the Great Rift Valley. With archaeological finds dating back more than 3 million years, it’ s a place of ancient culture. Among its important sites are Lalibela with its rock-cut Christian churches from the 12th–13th centuries.

“Any appointment or troop movement” is “totally unacceptable” at the moment because the TPLF believes Abiy no longer has a mandate for such moves, Getachew told AFP news agency.

A defence ministry spokesman did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The TPLF dominated Ethiopian politics for nearly 30 years before Abiy came to power in 2018 on the strength of anti-government protests.

Under Abiy, Tigrayan leaders have complained of being unfairly targeted in corruption prosecutions, removed from top positions and broadly scapegoated for the country’s woes.

Ethiopia was due to hold national elections in August, but the country’s poll body ruled in March that polls be postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Ethiopia has "gone to war" against the dissident region of Tigray

 Ethiopia has © AFP Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed declared a state of emergency for six months in the state of Tigray on Wednesday morning. After weeks of simmering conflict, Ethiopia is now "at war" against the dissident region of Tigray, where Addis Ababa launched a military operation on Wednesday. Following the imposition of a state of emergency in the state of Tigray , Ethiopia estimated Thursday, November 5 that it was now "at war" against this dissident region located in the North.

Yet Ethiopia has seen an alarming rise in multi-faceted ethnic violence. Over a million citizens were displaced last year. There are fears Mr Abiy ’ s plans for overhauling the economy, including privatising state enterprises, may enrich some but hinder progress on poverty reduction.

The ESFNA announced on its website the denial of the request by the Ethiopian prime minister through the Ethiopian Embassy in Washington, D.C. In its official press release the ESFNA said “ After days of deliberations regarding the request from H.E. Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed delivered by the Embassy

Lawmakers then voted to extend officials’ mandates – which would have expired in early October – but Tigrayan leaders rejected this and went ahead with regional elections in September that Abiy’s government deemed illegal.

Now each side sees the other as illegitimate, and federal legislators have ruled Abiy’s government should cut off contact with – and funding to – Tigray’s leadership.

In recent days, tensions have risen over who controls federal military personnel and assets in Tigray.

Last week Tigrayan officials denounced a plan by Abiy’s government to reshuffle the military leadership in the north.

In a report published on Friday, the International Crisis Group warned the standoff between Addis Ababa and Tigray “could trigger a damaging conflict that may even rip the Ethiopian state asunder”.

Such a war “would be catastrophic for Africa’s second-most populous country and would send shock waves, and refugees, into other Horn of Africa countries as well as across the Mediterranean Sea,” the report said.

Ethiopian PM sacks top officials as Tigray conflict mounts .
Abiy Ahmed fires his army chief and other high aides, as reports of causalities continue to rise in Tigray.Abiy’s office made the announcement on its Twitter feed on Sunday, giving no reasons for the changes, as the reported number of soldiers wounded in the conflict continued to rise.

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