Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abi Ahmed on Thursday ordered the army to take action against rebel Tigrayan leaders. The PM has said that the surrender deadline is over and asked the army to take action in the capital Mikkale. Abi, who won the Nobel Peace Prize last year, gave the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) 72 hours to give up arms.
Thousands displaced, large number of deaths
This ultimatum of Abi was rejected by the Tigrayan leaders of the region. There has been a quarrel with the army of the country for nearly three weeks, due to which more than 40 thousand people have been displaced and several hundred people have died. The Ethiopian army said recently that it was moving with guns towards Mikkale. He has been instructed to carry out the third and last phase.
Accuse each other
The Addis Ababa government and TPLF have accused each other of starting a dispute and PM Abi has claimed that the army officers are being brutally murdered. On the other hand, Tigrayan leader Debretsian Gebremikal says Ethiopia’s Special Forces and neighboring Eritrean troops have jointly executed the attack. Abi entered into a peace deal with Eritrea for which he received the Nobel Peace Prize last year and became close to President Isaiyas Afwerki.
Why the controversy started
PM Abi says that TPLF has crossed the limit by holding regional elections in September. The government did not allow these elections and the Prosperity Party could not contest. At the same time, TPLF says that elections had already been decided but were being postponed due to Kovid and the government’s tenure ended without fixing the election date. The organization says that only the regional government is formed on the basis of people’s opinion.