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World Ethiopia’s military chief calls WHO head Tedros a criminal supporting a rebel region

15:46  19 november  2020
15:46  19 november  2020 Source:   washingtonpost.com

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Ethiopia ' s army chief has accused the head of the World Health Organization of lobbying in favour of the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF), which is fighting federal troops. Hundreds have died in the conflict in Tigray since the beginning of November. Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus is Tigrayan

Ethiopia ' s army today accused WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus of backing dissident forces in his war-torn home region of Tigray. Army chief Berhanu Jula claimed that Tedros was securing political and military support for the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF)

World Health Organization Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has received his share of criticism from world leaders, most famously from President Trump, but now his own country of Ethiopia attacking him.

a man wearing a suit and tie: Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director general of the World Health Organization, attends a session on the coronavirus disease outbreak response of the WHO Executive Board in Geneva, Oct. 5, 2020. © Christopher Black/Who/Reuters Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director general of the World Health Organization, attends a session on the coronavirus disease outbreak response of the WHO Executive Board in Geneva, Oct. 5, 2020.

In a televised address Wednesday night, Ethiopia’s army chief of staff, Gen. Berhanu Jula, called Tedros a criminal and said he should step down from his position as director general of the WHO for seeking to procure weapons for the Tigray region, where the Ethiopian military is fighting local forces.

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As John Martin explains in his excellent piece ‘The Crimes of Tedros Adhanom’, during his time in Ethiopia , the WHO chief was a member of the Tigray People’ s Liberation Front (TPLF), a violent communist revolutionary party which was listed as a terrorist organization by the U. S . government in

In 2001, Tedros was appointed head of the Tigray Regional Health Bureau.[8] In late 2003, Tedros In October 2005, Tedros was appointed Minister of Health of Ethiopia by Prime Minister Meles Tedros ' s candidacy for WHO director general was opposed vigorously by several Ethiopian parties

“He has worked in neighboring countries to condemn the war. He has worked for them to get weapons,” Berhanu said. He offered no evidence to support his accusations.

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While Tedros is better known as one of the public faces of the international effort to fight the coronavirus pandemic that has ravaged the world, he is also a high-ranking member of the Tigrayan People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), the political party that rules Tigray and is now in open conflict with Ethiopia’s central government.

“This man is a member of that group, and he has been doing everything to support them,” said Berhanu.

Tedros, a doctor by training, was Ethiopia’s health minister from 2005 to 2012 and then its foreign minister until 2016, when the TPLF dominated the coalition that ruled the country. It was with great fanfare in Ethiopia and across Africa that he was selected to be the first head of the WHO from the continent.

Escalating conflict could threaten Ethiopia's economic success story

  Escalating conflict could threaten Ethiopia's economic success story Ethiopia is teetering on the brink of civil war as fighting intensifies in the north of the country, sparking fears that its economic transformation could be stymied by protracted conflict. Federal government forces loyal to Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed are making advances in the semi-autonomous northern Tigray region, which is currently controlled by the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF). The TPLF led a coalition which ruled Ethiopia for almost three decades prior to Abiy taking office in 2018.

WHO director Tedros with NIAID director Dr. Anthony Fauci in 2018 signing a memorandum of understanding between NIAID and WHO to enhance future collaborations on research activities conducted in response to emerging infectious disease outbreaks and public health emergencies.

By the time WHO head Tedros arrived however, the Director-General had nothing but praise for the Back in WHO Geneva headquarters Tedros announced that China is “setting a new standard” for The problem is that Ethiopia is an extremely poor country and it, like most of Africa is ill-prepared to

His office did not immediately respond to the accusations, but his colleague at the WHO, Africa regional director Matshidiso Moeti, defended him.

“I know Tedros. I know him as somebody who is passionately promoting global health, promoting the good health of people and promoting peace, because it’s only in the context of peace that we can deliver good health for people,” she said at her agency’s regular Thursday briefing.

Tedros’s sudden fall from grace in his home country relates to the severe crisis Ethiopia is experiencing after Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed ordered the army into the rugged, northern Tigray region to arrest TPLF leaders and remove them from power.

The operation followed weeks of deteriorating relations between Abiy and the Tigrayan leadership that culminated in a preemptive strike by Tigrayan forces against an Ethiopian military base.

Hundreds people have died, and at least 30,000 have fled Tigray into neighboring Sudan, with reports of heavy fighting and ethnically motivated massacres of civilians. Information from the region has been scarce, however, because Internet and phone lines have been cut.

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Summary Ethiopia ' s ex-foreign minister voted as WHO head South Sudan rebels dismiss Kiir's dialogue offer Ethiopia ' s former Foreign Minister Tedros Adhanom has been elected as the new head of the

Why Did Ethiopia ’ s Leader Just Launch Airstrikes on the Tigray Region ? What led the prime Birhanu Jula, the deputy chief of the Ethiopian National Defense Force, said there were “injured soldiers on In his televised comments Friday evening, Mr. Abiy accused the leaders of Tigray of “ criminal hubris

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Years of heavy handed TPLF-dominated rule of the country until Abiy came to power in 2018 have left a legacy of resentment toward the Tigrayans, one of the country’s many ethnic groups. Since the operation began on Nov. 4, hundreds of Tigrayans in the capital and elsewhere have been arrested or told not to come to work.

Rising international concern over the fighting has prompted offers of mediation from neighboring African countries as well as the African Union. On Thursday, President-elect Joe Biden’s foreign policy adviser, Antony Blinken, said he was “deeply concerned about the humanitarian crisis” and the reports of ethnic violence, and he called on both sides to end the conflict.

Ethiopian government begins offensive in Tigray capital city .
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