The Popular Front for the Liberation of Tigray (TPLF) is skeptical of the alleged transfer of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed to the fighting front and has hinted that its armed forces “have no idea which front is in charge”.
“What did you think when you started this poorly written drama of leaving Addis Ababa for your version of the Battle of Adua a la Menelik?” Asked TPLF spokesman Getachew Reda, referring to the 1896 battle in which the Troops defeated the invading Italian forces during the mandate of Menelik II.
“Despite his public statement that he is leading the armed forces on the battlefield, our armed forces have no idea which front he is responsible for,” he said on his Twitter account after the government announced that Abiy had transferred his powers to Demeke Mekonnen, Deputy Prime Minister, in view of his eviction.
Getachew also criticized Abiy’s appeals to the “Africans” for their support in the war, emphasizing that “Abiy Ahmed has started an ‘African’ war against his own people who are uncomfortably African.”
Ethiopian government spokesman Legesse Tulu said on Wednesday that Abiy went to the front lines on Tuesday, as he promised on Monday, amid the TPLF’s advances in the Amhara region and the widening conflict that was unleashed in more than a year ago the Tigray region (north).
He also stressed that the prime minister’s decision “inspired many” and added that “many are following him” after Olympic medalists Haile Gebrselassie and Feyisa Lilesa announced in the past few hours that they would join the army to fight the TPLF .
Abiy, who received the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize for the peace deal with Eritrea, said late Monday that he would join the army to defend the country “from internal and external enemies” while appealing to Ethiopians to join the armed forces Countering progress made by the group.
For its part, the Ethiopian government has denounced in recent hours that “the terrorist group TPLF has dressed its own special forces and militias in national uniforms to impersonate kidnappers, and young people kidnapped after the attacks in Amhara and Afar, and its own “Fighters dressed in uniforms that were made in a textile factory.
“Videos were sent to the international media after editing to pass them off as trapped crowds. The purpose of the video, which is widely spread in the media, is to provide the public with false information as part of the psychological warfare of. to confuse the group. “stated the Ethiopian government’s communications service on Twitter.
In another way, Ethiopian President Sahlework Zewde has come across information from Jeune Afrique newspaper about her differences with Abiy over the conflict, according to which the President “does not approve or support the warlike policies of Abiy. Ahmed”.
The President said in a statement that “she has never met with the author” and added that “she does not think that the article was published by chance at this point”. “I am aware that they are trying to create differences in the Ethiopian leadership,” he argued.
“As someone who is dedicated to helping countries with political difficulties and internal conflicts, I know the current situation in our country very well. I am devastated with many. Waging a civil war is particularly tragic,” he said.
“It should also be known that finding agreements does not serve everyone. It is up to the Ethiopians to find a way to resolve the conflict in our country,” he said in a statement posted on his Twitter account has been published
With this in mind, Sahlework has emphasized that “Ethiopia needs the contribution of all of its children to overcome the current crisis” and that “Abiy, as head of government, has issued guidelines”. “We all use our knowledge and skills to follow the established path,” he added.
“The search for a peaceful settlement is the key to resolving conflicts. On the contrary, military means are undesirable, but can still be forced upon us as before,” stressed the President.
In doing so, he stated that “without going into details, it should be remembered that the government created conditions before the negotiations” and stated that “this is part of the search for peace and is nothing new”.
“It has been said that I don’t speak enough about the problems,” he said before recalling that he recently told Parliament that “when our hands are bleeding from the spines, it means the rose is near.”
“Now we’re bleeding. Let’s make sure that the rose really isn’t far. We’re making progress. Let’s stand firm and stick together,” Sahlework riveted in his statement.
In this context, the British government has recommended that its citizens leave the African country because of the “rapid deterioration” of the situation. “British citizens should go now,” said British Foreign Secretary for Africa Vicky Ford.
“In the coming days, we could see the fighting draw near to Addis Ababa, which could severely limit the options for British citizens to leave Ethiopia,” he said in a video posted on his Twitter account.
“I urge British citizens to leave at all costs now that commercial flights are available as Addis Ababa International Airport remains open,” said Ford.
He also announced that the government has “approved interest-free loans in support of UK citizens who may have problems affording flights to the UK,” adding that “it may soon be more difficult to leave the country.” , and the consular support, which may only be given to a limited extent. “
“Citizens who now choose not to leave should prepare to seek refuge in a safe place for the next few weeks. We cannot guarantee that there will be options to leave Ethiopia in the future, ”he affirmed.
For its part, the US State Department has “reminded US citizens in the country of the possibility of terrorist attacks in Ethiopia” and advised that “terrorists have little or no warning” and diplomatic institutions below their destinations, tourist destinations, transportation points, shopping malls, western companies , Restaurants, resorts and government facilities.
“US citizens are strongly encouraged to maintain a high level of vigilance and avoid areas frequented by foreigners,” he said, emphasizing that “the State Department is no higher priority than the safety of US citizens overseas.”