There are fears that the Tigray Peoples Liberation Front (TPLF) in Ethiopia, might gradually be infiltrating into the capital city Addis Ababa. This comes as a degeneration of the conflict which erupted between the rebels and PM Abiy about 12 months ago, after the group was accused of attacking military bases and stealing weapons.
In reaction to this, the Prime Minister has said he will go himself to the frontline to fight.
He shared a post on social media, Monday, November 22, in which he said “Starting tomorrow, I will mobilize to the front to lead the defense forces. Those who want to be among the Ethiopian children, who will be hailed by history, rise up for your country today. Let’s meet at the front” – PM Abiy, also Lieutenant Colonel in the army.
Meantime, the TPLF through its spokesperson, Getachew Reda, said “our forces won’t relent on their inexorable advance towards bringing [Abiy’s] chokehold on our people to an end”.
The year-long conflict has led to a humanitarian crisis, with hundreds of thousands facing famine, thousands killed and millions forced from their homes.
It is worth noting that Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, fought in the 1998-2000 border war between Ethiopia and Eritrea. He later won the Nobel prize in 2019 after finally ending nearly two decades of tension that continued after the war, by signing a deal with Eritrea.