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Al Jazeera – Inside Story: How far will Abiy Ahmed go with his operation in Tigray region?

10/11/2020

November 10, 2020

Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has sacked the Army Chief, head of Intelligence and Foreign Minister. The central government in Addis Ababa has launched a military operation in the northern region of Tigray. The offensive comes after months of growing tensions between the federal government and Tigray’s governing TPLF party. Abiy Ahmed has accused the TPLF of attempting to undermine his leadership and moved to dissolve its regional government. But those in Tigray say Abiy Ahmed is not a legitimate leader since he postponed elections this year – due to COVID-19. So, is there a risk of escalation?

Presenter: Mohammed Jamjoom Guests: William Davison – Senior Analyst for Ethiopia at International Crisis Group. Mustafa Omer – President of Somali Regional State of Ethiopia and Executive Committee member of the governing Prosperity Party. Mesenbet Assefa – Assistant Professor of Law at Addis Ababa University School of Law.

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