Ethiopia PM orders ‘military action’ against Tigray region leaders after base attack

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Ethiopia's Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed addresses the members of parliament inside the House of Peoples' Representatives in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia April 19, 2018. Image courtesy: Reuters/Tiksa Negeri

 

Ethiopia’s Prime Minister, Abiy Ahmed addresses a news conference in his office in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia August 25, 2018. REUTERS/Kumera Gemechu

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has ordered military action against the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) following an early morning attack on a military base in the northern region of Tigray. 

Abiy accuses the group, which is also the region’s ruling party under Ethiopia’s federal system, of launching the armed assault and attempting to loot weapons and artillery from the base. 

Ethiopia’s central government accuses the region’s leaders of training and arming irregular militias in recent weeks, “outside of the constitutionally mandated structure.”

In a statement posted to social media, Abiy said the federal government had exercised patience and restraint but that this morning’s attack was a “last red line,” which necessitated a “military confrontation” in order to “save the country and region from spiraling into instability.”

The prime minister urged the Ethiopian people to stay calm and vigilant while standing by the country’s military in this “critical time.”

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