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Ethiopia to Replace Tigray Region Leadership

Parliament declared Tigray regional administration as illegal and voted to replace it

Ethiopia’s House of Federation voted to set up an interim administration by replacing the leadership of the country’s defiant northern Tigray region.


Ethiopia moved Saturday to replace the leadership of the country’s defiant northern Tigray region, where deadly clashes between regional and federal government forces are fueling fears the major African power is sliding into civil war. Tigray’s leader told the African Union that the federal government was planning a “full-fledged military offensive.” Continue reading Ethiopia to Replace Tigray Region Leadership

Ethnic Tensions Could See Ethiopia Descending into Civil War

State of emergency restores calm but fissures remain in fragile federation

Ethiopia doesn’t have to fear a military coup since almost all the security and top army positions are held by the ruling ethnic Tigray. But how they might react to some of the worst-case scenarios predicted – Ethiopia descending into civil war or a failed state torn by ethnic strife – is another matter.

By James Jeffrey | for Irish Times,

No longer are bands of young men marauding on the outskirts of the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, trying to set fire to foreign-owned factories. Nearly two months into Ethiopia’s six-month state of emergency, it appears to be having the desired effect: protests rocking its two most populous regions have subsided.

It remains to be seen, though, whether this is the beginning of a sustained period of calm or a temporary break in the most persistent and widespread protests this country has seen since the Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) ruling party came to power following a revolution in 1991. Continue reading Ethnic Tensions Could See Ethiopia Descending into Civil War

Another Civil War Looming in the Horn of Africa

The US and other donor countries have been largely silent about the brutal killing of over 500 peaceful protesters, presumably in part due to the Ethiopian government’s strategic relationships on security and peacekeeping. But these strategic relations can be better served by a stable and democratic government rather than a fragile and autocratic regime, which is most likely to fall soon under the weight of people’s insurrection.

By Dawit Giorgis,

A civil war, and possibly genocide, is in the making in the Horn of Africa, in Ethiopia. The most recent events characterized by regular countrywide demonstrations in defiance of a government ban, by the two largest ethnic groups, the Oromos and the Amharas, have demonstrated once again the power of a marginalized majority to wreak havoc and paralyze the country despite the state’s brutal response.

Ethiopia’s minority ethnic group, the Tigrai, which comprises less than six percent of the population of ninety million, has ruled the country with an iron-fist for 25 years. As was the case in Rwanda decades ago, the accumulated anger directed at this minority group is likely to explode and result in a human catastrophe with serious implications on regional stability. Continue reading Another Civil War Looming in the Horn of Africa

Moment of Truth for the People of Tigray

While claiming to represent the people of Tigray, the TPLF commits all kinds of crimes against other ethnic Ethiopians in the name of Tigreans. Where is the heart of the people of Tigray? Is it with the people of Ethiopia or, the TPLF? Are they really for peace? (Photo: by Paul Kagame)

By Amanuel Biedemariam,

Ethiopia is facing the most dangerous times in its history. The pressures are mounting by the second. In a manner unheard or unseen anywhere, and in a manner uncharacteristic of world leadership that traditionally tries to quell fear while trying to send messages that express the presence of calm and stability during turbulent national times; the Prime Minister of Ethiopia Hailemariam Desalegn told the BBC that Ethiopia is sliding towards civil war. Continue reading Moment of Truth for the People of Tigray

PM Hailemariam Warn of a Looming Civil War in Ethiopia

Unless the minority TPLF regime wised up and took opportunities for peaceful change, Ethiopia will slid to civil war among competing ethnic groups. “Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.” – John F. Kennedy

By Emmanuel Igunza | for BBC Africa,

Activists from Ethiopia’s largest ethnic group, the Oromo, have called for more anti-government protests this weekend, days after thousands of demonstrators took to the streets in the northern city of Gondar.

They say they will hold countrywide protests against what they describe as continued killings and other abuses by the authorities.

In the latest incident earlier this week, at least six people were allegedly shot dead by police in the eastern town of Awaday. Continue reading PM Hailemariam Warn of a Looming Civil War in Ethiopia