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Africa News of Monday, 22 November 2021


Ethiopia PM announces he is joining soldiers on frontlines to fight rebels

Ethiopia PM (right) with his army chief Berhanu Jula Ethiopia PM (right) with his army chief Berhanu Jula

Ethiopia Prime Minister, Abiy Ahmed, has announced that he will be joining soldiers on the frontlines to fight rebels threatening to hit the capital and overthrow his government.

Abiy posted a message in Amharic on his social media handles announcing his decision on Monday evening, November 22. He will be joining effective tomorrow.

The Ethiopia National Defense Forces, ENDF, have been engaged in a fight against two main rebel groups - branded terrorist groups by the government.

The two are the Tigray Peoples Liberation Front, TPLF, and the Oromo Liberation Army, OLA. The two groups have recently signed a cooperation pact in their advance towards Addis Ababa.

Abiy declared war on TPLF in the northern Tigray province a year ago, he declared the mission a 'law enforcement operation,' and further declared victory in month later after the TPLF fled the Tigray capital, Mekelle.

TPLF regrouped and launched a counterattack dislodging the army from Mekelle. After a siege was imposed by the government, the rebels expanded their fight into neighbouring Amhara and Afar regions with the target being Addis Ababa to break the seige.