Ethiopian Prime Minister Abi Ahmed announced that today, Tuesday, he will go to the front to lead his soldiers fighting the forces of the Tigray People’s Liberation Front. in one moment in which The battles are getting closer and closer to the capital Addis Ababa.
“I will go to the front to lead our armed forces,” Abi Ahmed said in a statement posted on his Twitter account.
Addressing his people, he added: “Those who want to be Ethiopians for whom history will open its arms, defend the country today. They met us at the front”.
In another tweet, he wrote: “We have a history of preserving the name Ethiopia.”
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– Abiy Ahmed Ali 🇪🇹 (@AbiyAhmedAli) November 22, 2021
The war that broke out on November 4, 2020 in the Tigray region (in the north) between the federal forces and the Tigray People’s Liberation Front supported by the Oromo Liberation Army, resulted in the deaths of thousands of people and the displacement of over two million. people.
The Prime Minister’s statement has arrived in one moment in to which the Tigray People’s Liberation Front confirmed its continued advance towards Addis Ababa, noting that it had taken control of the city of Shewa Rubet, located about 220 kilometers from the capital.
The prime minister released his statement following a meeting on the current military situation held by the executive committee of the ruling party “Prosperity”.
At the conclusion of the party meeting, Defense Minister Abraham Pillay announced that the security forces would engage in “another matter”, without giving further details.
“We cannot continue like this, which means there will be a change,” the minister said.
He added: “What has happened and what is happening to our people of the atrocities committed by this destructive terrorist and bandit group cannot continue.”
On November 2, the federal government declared a state of emergency for six months in all parts of the country and invited the inhabitants of Addis Ababa to organize their ranks and prepare to defend their city, in light of the growing fears for the progress of the fighters of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Tigray and their allies towards the capital.
At the same time, however, the authorities say the Tigray Liberation Front’s declarations of military progress and imminent threat to Addis Ababa are exaggerated.
Addis Ababa sent its forces to Tigray to overthrow the region’s authorities from the Tigray People’s Liberation Front after the Prime Minister accused the region’s forces of attacking federal army posts.
In the wake of fierce battles, Abi Ahmed declared victory on November 28, but the front fighters soon regained control of most of Tigray in June before advancing to the neighboring regions of Afar and Amhara.
US envoy to the Horn of Africa, Jeffrey Feltman, and his African counterpart, former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo, are making relentless efforts in an effort to achieve a ceasefire.
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