Ethiopian lawmakers approve six-month state of emergency in Tigray region

Ethiopian lawmakers approve six-month state of emergency in Tigray region

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Ethiopian lawmakers endorsed a six-month state of emergency in Tigray on Thursday, after Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed ordered a military response to an attack on federal troops by the Tigray People’s Liberation Front ruling party (TPLF).

Abiy Ahmed, the Ethiopian Prime Minister, expressed in a national address, “The Amhara people, militia and special forces have bravely repelled attacks launched in some places in the Amhara region and managed to deter the expanding force.

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The forces in the Amhara region, along with members of the national defence force, have not only put off the expanding force but also controlled key areas.”

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The move is to assert federal control over a region whose ruling party has for months openly defied Abiy who is a 2019 Nobel Peace Prize winner and has been branded as politically illegitimate by certain groups in the Tigray region.

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