Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed [Photo: Politico.eu]
Nov, 9th 2020 – Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has said in a statement that what he terms as a rule of law operation will wrap up soon by ending the prevailing impunity. According to the UN, tensions between the state authorities and the federal government flared into conflict last week which lead to fights in several parts of Tigray since last Wednesday.
Mr. Ahmed however fired his army chief, head of intelligence and foreign minister amid tensions in Tigray as the military continue a five day operation in the Northern Tigray region. His office made the announcement via Twitter feed on Sunday with no reason for the change.
The tweet further said that Deputy Prime Minister Demeke Mekonnen had been appointed foreign minister and Birhanu Jula promoted to army chief of staff from deputy army.
His decision to sack his army chief head comes at a time when heavy casualties are being reported in the ongoing clashes. at least six people have been killed with at least 60 people wounded in a location along the Tigray border alone.
According to Doctors Without Borders and a medical official, nearly 100 government soldiers have been treated for gunshot wound at a hospital in the Northern Amhara region. A doctor in the town of Sanja said, “We have had 98 cases. All of them are soldiers from the national army.”
Mr. Ahmed says that attempts to have a conversation on the matter failed over the past two years. The Tigray authorities have called on the African Union (AU) to intervene and start a dialogue.