Ethiopia PM Abiy Ahmed statement on recent events in the Tigray Region

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed explains how his government goes to war with the leaders of Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) which is currently administrating Tigray Region of Ethiopia.

“The key pillar of the reformist agenda of my new administration was upholding the rule of law, however a key challenge we faced in this regard from the early days was the organized and highly networked obstruction of justice that was being orchestrated by those who played a leading role in the systemic abuse of human rights.” PM Abiy Ahmed

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  1. Ing. Mesfin Gedlu Ph.D.

    Vilifying myth of an” unexpected war”
    The TPLF displays the Axum obelisk on its emblem; symbol of a state whose forbears have created some 5 centuries earlier to whom Ethiopia and Ethiopians link their past and the erstwhile world had to reckon with.
    To make things in proper perspective Ethiopia is not in engaged in an “unexpected war”, an oxymoron regarding the fact that war is a serious matter. What the Vice-Chief of Staff and Operational Commander General Berhanu Jula said was factually that Ethiopia, its peoples and its defense forces were back-stabbed (Full transcript
    On the night of November 3, 2020 armed forces attacked the EDF Northern Command Post stationed in Tigre and, for almost two decades, tasked with the defense of peace and territorial integrity of the country. Reckless decision by untouchable cohorts within TPLF, aptly characterized by the PM H. E. Abiy Ahmed as “criminal hubris and intransigence.”
    That this power-hungry clique was bent on a confrontation with the Federal Government was clear days before when they refused to accept a newly appointed military commander for that post, and much earlier in October they went on to organize elections in Tigre ignoring a decision made by the Central Electoral Committee to postpone elections due to ensuing pandemic of covid-19; thus installing a renegade government.
    One doesn’t need the expertise of the likes “High Priest” Awalalo, or the conditionalities of institutions such as the ICG or AI, etc., to comprehend that Ethiopia was unwillingly thrown into a situation that no state, worth that name can tolerate. Thus, we have war, a war to keep the territorial integrity and sovereignty of the Ethiopian Federal State existentially threatened by apostates: the message is loud and clear: “Our operation aims to end the impunity that has prevailed for far too long and hold accountable individuals and groups under the laws of the land.” PM Abiy Ahmed
    It is a fact that war is a paramount task of ALL states, whether in peace time or in actual war situation, indeed as B. D. Porter notes in his book War and the Rise of the State “states make war and war makes states.” As far as Ethiopia and its current leadership is concerned what is most crucial now is endurance and determined engagement of the enemy in the field and indeed through the constitution and the rule of law; first steps have been taken: emergency rule and outlawing the self-outlawed rulers of Tigre.
    Since 2018 Ethiopia has been undergoing fundamental political, social and economic changes. Not everybody is happy with this, and no one should expect so. The shocks and upheavals in the country including the attempt on the life of the PM and myriad ethnic and religious based violence, all testify to this. On the other hand, it is my conviction that thanks to the courage and far-sighted leadership Ethiopia is being redirected from the abysmal road of fragmentation, put in place by pseudo-Marxist and dictatorial ideology of the late PM M. Zenawi (in that sense similar to the late rule of the military junta, DERG), to a historically vindicable trajectory of an ancient land, connecting to the Axum obelisk, and home where all its nationalities and ethnic groups live in peace and prosperity.

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